Head of the Constabulary’s Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Fitz Bailey says more than 150-schools across the island are to benefit this week from an anti-gang intervention being spearheaded by the police force in tandem with the Education Ministry.
According to the C-TOC Commanding Officer, this is the inaugural staging of the anti-gang week initiative that’s critical in cauterizing the link between gangs and students.
ACP Bailey says crime statistics show that young persons are involved in criminal activity.
The Police say this sort of intervention is critical which is why they’ve rolled out the National Anti Gang strategy designed to disrupt gangs recruiting processes.
The initiative will seek to help parents and teachers identify and eradicate traits of gangs in schools.
Sub-Officer in charge of the National Anti-Gang Unit, Detective Inspector Clifton Green, shared a few of the signs that could suggest a child may be involved in a gang.
Inspector Green warns that other signs of gang involvement include poor academic performance, issuing threats when disciplined, or calling on outside sources when reprimanded at school.
The police are urging parents who feel their child or ward may be involved in a gang to reach out to their local pastors, Justices of the Peace or the police for help.
The Constabulary’s Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, is collaborating with the Safety and Security Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to observe Anti-Gang Week from September 16 to 21 under the theme ‘Gang Life equals no Life’