Police Forced to Change Tack

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Assistant Commissioner in charge of crime, Ealan Powell says the Police have made changes to their crime fighting strategy in St. James, following a recent upsurge of murders in the parish.

On Sunday, the Commanding Officer for St. James, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, told our news center that seven people were shot and killed in the parish over the previous seven days.

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More than 200 people were murdered, most by the gun, in St. James in 2015.

ACP Powell says the Police recognize the need to freshen their approach to crime fighting in the parish.

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And ACP Powell is appealing for patience while the Police move to catch the main players in the deadly lottery scam.

The scam has been blamed for turning St. James into the most murderous parish in the island.

ACP Powell says yesterday’s arrest of several suspected major players in the lottery scam, was the result of extensive surveillance and intelligence activities.

At least seven of those arrested are to face extradition proceedings.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.