Superintendent Vernon Ellis, head of the St. James Police Division
New anti-crime strategies are to be implemented shortly in St. James, one of which will target gangs.
Superintendent Vernon Ellis, head of the St. James Police Division, gave a brief outline of the plans at Thursday's monthly meeting of the St. James Municipal Corporation, noting that while he could not reveal too much, "there are several step changes within the next four to five weeks that between ourselves and the military, we will be pushing out, and one of them will be a task force that is designed to target specific gangs and groups."
Superintendent Ellis said there has been a 50 per cent reduction in murders since the state of emergency was declared in three western parishes, including St. James, in April.
He noted that in the year before the state of emergency was implemented, there were 68 murders versus 51 for the same period in 2019.