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January 16, 2014
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Task force launched to safeguard Chinese
André Williams, STAR Writer

In the wake of another attack on the Chinese community, a high-level probe has been launched by the Police High Command to capture and bring the perpetrators to justice, THE STAR has learnt.

Our news team understands that at a high-level meeting on Tuesday morning at the Office of the Police Commissioner, measures were outlined to protect Chinese business people operating in Jamaica.

The probe, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, comes on the heels of a robbery last Friday when eight armed men invaded a house on Hart Boulevard in Hope Pastures, St Andrew, occupied by 11 Chinese nationals.

THE STAR gathered that the robbers assaulted the Chinese occupants and took US$12,000, 10 laptops, I-pads, and phones.

Two Chinese nationals were injured during the incident and received treatment at hospital.

Arising from the high-level meeting between the stakeholders, a security liaison officer has been appointed to meet regularly with the victims' representative to discuss and coordinate support on security matters.

THE STAR understands that a risk assessment has been done on the residences, business places and areas where the victims regularly travel, and dedicated police patrols have been put in place to ensure their protection.

The police have also requested a list of all Chinese companies conducting joint-venture project developments with the Government, which will be subject to a risk assessment and security resources will be committed as needed.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says the Police High Command is aware of the strategic importance of the Jamaica-China relationship to the economic development and well-being of both nations, and remains committed to protecting Chinese businesses.

Meanwhile, the visitors are in Jamaica to construct a Chinese Garden which is a gift from the government of China.

The cost of construction is estimated at J$230 million.

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