Criminals hiding in gated communities; cops raise concern Loop Jamaica

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Police are raising concerns about the challenges they are facing when trying to access several gated communities.

Police say they have found out that criminal elements are seeking refuge in these areas. The most recent case was a man wanted for multiple crimes including attacks against several minors was found hiding in one of the gated areas.

 Senior Superintendent Christopher Phillips in Charge of St Catherine South police division, was one officer who spoke about the issue and how it was also affecting  highlighted instances where officers were obstructed while performing their duties, an issue that poses a threat to community safety.

“It has come to our attention that there are elements within gated communities obstructing the police when we attempt to carry out our responsibilities,” Phillips said.

“This not only hinders our ability to serve and protect but also emboldens criminal activities within these areas, which is unacceptable.”

The concerns arise from recent incidents that underscore the gravity of the situation. SSP Phillips recounted a disturbing case where a man from one gated community was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including crimes against a minor.

“We recently apprehended a suspect responsible for seven offences against a 14-year-old girl. During the arrest, we also discovered lead sheets and a prohibited weapon in his possession,” Phillips revealed.

This case exemplifies the type of criminal activities that flourish under the cover provided by restricted access to these communities.

SSP Phillips is warning that obstructing police operations is not only illegal but detrimental to the safety of all residents. “I want to remind everyone that hindering police duties facilitates a dangerous environment for everyone, including the residents of these communities,” he emphasized.

The commanding officer made an appeal to the citizens of St Catherine South and beyond, urging them to collaborate with law enforcement to enhance safety and security.

“We are earnestly asking for your cooperation. Do not prevent us from entering your communities; rather, join us in our efforts to thwart criminal elements and ensure a secure living environment,” he implored.

Concluding his statement, Superintendent Phillips expressed a desire for unity and cooperation: “Together, we can forge a safer and more harmonious society. Your support is crucial in this endeavour. Let us collaborate to maintain the safety and security of our communities.”

The Jamaica Constabulary Force continues to engage with community leaders and residents to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by law enforcement and to cultivate a partnership that benefits all parties involved in safeguarding public safety.