In Jamaica, the Police High Command announces it will continue to use the aggressive strategies it employed in 2015 that led to the arrest of 700 people for murders.
This is the highest number of arrests for murders in the history of the country, Hype Life Magazine has learned.
According to police, some of the 700 murders were committed last year, while others were allegedly committed in previous years. The police were pleased that they could arrest a record number of people for murder in a single year.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Elan Powell told the media that the police have also introduced special units within the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) across the island which are expected to operate like the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
“We have developed a number of strategies to not only go after criminals more aggressively, but to also ensure that the probability of persons involved in crimes getting caught is now much more higher than escaping,” said Elan Powell.
The police said with this new approach, they were confident that they could erode gains made by marauding criminals who last year pushed the murder toll to 1,207, the highest in the last five years.
ACP Powell said the proactive units will target investigations to clamp down on criminals before the crimes are committed, while the reactive units will investigate crimes when they are committed.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DSP) Glenmore Hinds said that the aim is to have two distinct sections in the CIB: the reactive investigative team and the proactive investigative team.
DCP Hinds said that for 2015 the division — under the leadership of Superintendent Arthur Brown and his deputy superintendents, Christopher Brown and Robert Walker — was not only able to record fewer murders than the previous year, but was also able to achieve one of the best clear-up rate in the country.
“Kingston Eastern’s high-performing team has demonstrated what a cohesive team can achieve,” said DCP Hinds.
While commending the Kingston Eastern Division, he urged officers in other divisions to try and duplicate some of the methods used by those officers in clamping down on criminal activities.
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