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  All dances and other activites that would require receiving a permit have been temporarily suspended in the community of Gregory Park until further notice.

 

Speaking at an open meeting along Cottage Drive in Gregory Park on Thursday night,  May 25, 2017, the first top Cop of the Year, Assistant Commissioner of Police and in charge of Area 5, Steve McGregor, made it known that "from the ACP is here, you know something is happening and it is very serious."

A man that is known as a "go getter" in the police community and who is known for his drive and initiative, ACP McGregor addressed the gathering with the following statement:

"The Labour Day operation was a minor one and it was thought to be a necessary one to engage before we rolled out the other strategies to curtail crime and violence. The last 13 years there has been an average of over 1000 murders  per year and Jamaica is not a country like Afghanistan  and Jamaican people are killing each other."

 

He painted a dark portrait of Jamaica, by pointingto the staggering number of murders in 2017 and the culture of secrecy that aids and abets murderers.

"There have  been 537 murders committed since the start of the year and this tells how bad it is. Persons keep saying it's only a few people in the country committing murder, but if this is so what would the majority be doing? Keeping silent, staying home and not saying nothing."

He unveiled the plan to curtail all social activities in the affected community until order is restored.

"What I am saying to you is that there will be no dance nor social activity to be held in this community until we bring back some form of semblance of order  It will not be business as usual and we are taking a zero tolerance approach. And the police will not yield from the pressure till there is full compliance and make the place safe," ACP McGregor added.

Jaborie longshaw, a customer representative from JPS also addressed the gathering with regards to illegal connections and how to regularise their system. "We don't need you to be  scared of coming to JPS but want to build relationships."

Mr. Winston Kennedy a field service officer from HEART Trust/NTA , spoke about the summer programme now being offered by National Youth Service for persons between the ages of 17-29.

"We are imploring persons within that age to  come to our office located at 42 Young Street. It is a three week work programme. Each applicant is provided with a stipend of $6000 for high school and if youu are in a tertiary institution then $8100. However we don't give cash nor cheques so a valid  bank account is required. We are in need of 4400 persons for this summer and so have only reached 2282," Longshaw said.

 

Inspector Ian Purrier invoked the notion of tolerance as well as the word of God into the evening's proceedings.

"Not all know how to manage conflict and give away your  rights through ignorance and I ask of you bite your lip and squeeze your big toe. Practise what the good book says, a soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger," remarked Inspector Ian Purrier.

Superintendent Leighton Grey of the Greater Portmore station told the gathering that up-to-date there has been 35 murders and from that,  nine of which occurred in Gregory Park.

 

"Citizens, I am imploring you to say enough is enough and give up these persons, some wanted for murder. Don't look at it as they are defending you cause they are only making it worse for you because when they commit their acts of crime and gone it's you we are coming for. The operation on Labour Day recovered over 15 spent shells."

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