Police appeal for social intervention programmes to quell violence in Gregory Park

Senior Superintendent Christopher Phillips, Commanding Officer for the St. Catherine South Police
The police are appealing for strong social intervention programmes in crime hotspots in Portmore, St. Catherine following another flare up of violence in Gregory Park.
Following the firebombing of at least eight houses in an area known as Mexico on Tuesday night, eleven houses were destroyed by fire between Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
It was reported that gunmen fired several shots in the community and threw Molotov cocktails inside the houses.
A gunman was later shot and killed by members of the security forces during an operation on Dyke Road in Portmore.
Six illegal firearms, including high powered weapons, were seized.
Senior Superintendent Christopher Phillips, Commanding Officer for the St. Catherine South Police, said the situation in the area is cause for concern.
As a result, he will be seeking the assistance of Justices of the Peace to help restore calm to the area. 
He argued that Gregory Park needed "more than just the routine operations", so JPs, pastors and other stakeholders in the community will be engaged to facilitate strong social intervention programmes.
He added that residents of Gregory Park should expect further operational activities in the area.
The St. Catherine South Police also want the authorities to carryout a de-bushing programme along Dyke Road to increase visibility.  
SSP Phillips disclosed that criminals have been using a bushy area along the thoroughfare as a base to launch attacks on residents in Gregory Park. 
He said the area is also not properly lit, which is creating a hazard for the public and police operating in the space. 
A 48-hour curfew imposed in Gregory Park on Tuesday has been extended for a further 48 hours. 

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