More Boots on the Ground in Clarendon to Fight Crime


The Clarendon Police Division has received additional resources and support to deal with the recent surge in murders in the parish.

Head of the Clarendon Police, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, has been pleading for additional officers amid a series of multiple murders in the parish.

Head of Operations at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Deputy Commissioner, Clifford Blake, says the request has been honoured.

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He’s describing the surge in crime in sections of Clarendon– such as Farm Effortville– as a ‘straight gang war’.

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Clarendon has recorded at least 101 murders since the start of the year.

Only the St. James Division has recorded more murders than Clarendon – one-hundred and 91 so far this year.


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.