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January 2, 2014
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Threat level raised for cops... Following killing of Westmoreland's most wanted man

The Police High Command has raised the threat level to extreme for police personnel following the cop killing of Westmoreland's most wanted man.

The high command says police personnel in Hanover, Westmoreland, St James and Trelawny are especially at risk.

It says the raising of the threat level comes against the background of intelligence assessments which suggest that criminals may plan an attack in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Torneil 'Malta' Haughton.

Haughton, who was the alleged leader of the Alma Gang, which operates in Westmoreland and Hanover, was fatally shot by the police in Big Bridge, Westmoreland, Tuesday, afternoon.

The police say a pistol containing three live rounds and an additional 39 rounds was taken from him.

The Police High Command is urging all members to take seriously this threat assessment and raise their level of awareness and anticipation while on and off duty.

It says personnel should be prepared to act swiftly and decisively in defence of themselves and colleagues.

The High Command has also assured cops that they have its full backing in any lawful action taken to defend themselves and the citizens of Jamaica.

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