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.