“Although we are over by four, the division is doing well where murder reduction and containment are concerned,” Cameron told The Gleaner. “Since the start of December, we have not experienced a murder in St Ann, and this is largely based on our deployment in terms of our operational activities and the consistency with which we put out our patrols, both mobile and foot.” In December 2014, there were five murders in St Ann. One of the cases in St Ann that drew national attention was that of the missing family of four from Lime Hall, whose house was burnt. Two persons have been charged with arson and hauled before the court, but the four remain missing. Cameron said that although the case has not been solved, the good thing to be drawn from it is that it demonstrates that people are willing to work with the police. “The community came together and gave the police help in every respect,” he pointed out. “Concerted effort was made by members of the community, along with the police, to locate these missing people. I am using that as an example to say the community is willing to work with the police if they are inspired by the actions of the police. People have to have confidence in the police to speak.” The Get the Guns Campaign, launched nationally in mid-September, has had some amount of success in St Ann, with five guns being recovered. For 2016, Cameron said that the police would be relentless in their pursuit of solving crime, with the Get the Guns Campaign the main focus. Special attention will also be focused on shootings and robberies, with the aim of minimizing them. The police will also be seeking to educate the public on how to carry their belongings when travelling so as to avoid being robbed. Exposing cell phones and other items serves to attract criminal elements, the superintendent pointed out. “So we appeal to people to carry their cell phones and personal belongings in a better way.” The police will also be enforcing the spirit licence more vigorously and addressing complaints of loud music. “We will increase our presence on the road,” Cameron asserted.
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