Head of the Trelawny Police, Superintendent Dwight Powell, says the police have redoubled their efforts to stem a recent wave of crime affecting the parish.

He says despite a decline in the 7-main categories of crimes there’s concern about an increase in murders in the parish.

Superintendent Powell says since the start of the year there have been 18 murders in the parish.

This, he says, is four more than the corresponding period for last year. He says an increase in violent crimes in sections of South Trelawny is due to gang activity.

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Superintendent Powell says while there are challenges with resources, they’ve managed to heighten security in the areas affected.

In the meantime, he says he’s imploring residents of Southern Trelawny to furnish the police with any information that can help with their investigations and overall efforts to dismantle the gangs in the area.

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