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January 23, 2014
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Local cops, United States on top of money scamming operation
Christopher Serju, Star Writer

Commissioner Owen Ellington is assuring the public that the local police working in collaboration with their United States colleagues are on top of the money scamming operation which has seen many Americans being fleeced of millions of dollars.

"Enough is being done. In fact, most people who have been punished the right way, have been punished in the USA," he told a Gleaner Editor's Forum yesterday.

Responding to questions sent in by Gleaner readers, the cop also disclosed that he is moving to have more mobile posts established in crime hotspots. However, this initiative is being stifled by lack of funding.

vulnerable communities

"Funds," he responded, "If I had the money I'd put them out there. Right now I'm actually out begging (shipping) containers for our construction squadron to build, so we can reach the vulnerable communities and have policemen embedded in them," he explained. The projection is that between 30 and 50 containers are needed to fill the immediate need.

Commissioner Ellington gave a qualified response to the question of persons from other jurisdictions such as the United States working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in helping to fight crime.

"As a volunteer, fine, but I can't employ them unless they are coming in as sworn officers," he stated.

On the question of whether he was satisfied that the force is free from political influence, Commissioner Ellington was emphatic.

"Absolutely satisfied," was his resounding response.

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