St. Catherine North Police Reaps Success In Combating Gang Violence


The St Catherine North Police, are reporting major successes in impacting gang violence in the division.

The Police Division has been notoriously plagued by several murderous gangs, including the Klansman and One Order gangs, for years.

Crime Officer for the Division, Acting Deputy Superintendent Balvie Thomas says his team used the State of Public Emergency last year to arrest several gangsters.

Stevian Simmonds reports.

Gang Violence: It’s one of the known elements of St Catherine North, especially in the gritty Spanish Town area.

However, Acting DSP Thomas, says several of those gangsters are now behind bars, and several of their murders cleared up, thanks to the States of Public Emergency, last year.

He’s also confident that the security forces have made a dent in the illicit extortion trade that’s plagued the division for years.

The Senior Officer says several other criminals have fled the area.

The St Catherine North Division has recorded 29 fewer murders, up to May 31 this year compared to same time last year.

This despite the expiration of the enhanced security measure in early January and Mr Thomas is confident that the measure will have a lasting positive impact. 

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.

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