Calls to Crime Stop Up 40%

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Calls to Crime Stop have increased by nearly 40-percent since the government announced two new multi-million dollar funds to assist with the seizure of illegal weapons and capturing criminals.

That’s according to the Manager of Crime Stop, Prudence Gentles.

She says since the announcement was made earlier this month, the agency has received 85 calls.

She says that’s compared to 61 last month.

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Ms. Gentles says 28 of the calls provided information on illegal guns and 19 on gunmen.

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She’s encouraging people who have information on crimes to stop using fear of the police as an excuse for not saying what they know.

On September 2, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, announced a $100-million fund to reward people who provide information resulting in the seizure of illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives.

Ms. Gentles says a cash award of 150-thousand dollars was paid out for information leading to the recovery of an AK-47 firearm, earlier this week.

Prime Minister Holness had also announced a $20-million fugitive apprehension fund aimed at getting information leading to the capture of the country’s 20 most wanted.

People can call Crime Stop at 311 to provide the information.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.