The Constabulary’s Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA, says its investigative capabilities are being hampered by communities bent on protecting child sex offenders.

Head of CISOCA, Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand, says most child sex offenders are close relatives of the victims.

She says since the start of the year, there’s been 182 reports of child rapes in Kingston and St Andrew alone.

And SSP Shand says at least 40% of those suspected perpetrators have been arrested.

She says CISOCA is now on a public education campaign aimed at discouraging child sex crimes in homes and communities.

Senior Superintendent Charmaine Shand, Head of the Constabulary’s Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.