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Criminals collaborating to circumvent the law, security forces say

Major Garth Anderson, commander of the Jamaica Defence Force's western troops and Leroy Reid, Director of distribution for the JPS' southwest operations
 
Criminals are reportedly getting more organised, with the security forces reporting that gangs are collaborating with each other to circumvent the law.
 
Major Garth Anderson, who is in charge of the Jamaica Defence Force's western troops, made the revelation as he addressed a multi-agency group in Montego Bay, on Monday. 
 
Major Anderson said it was time all law enforcement agencies join forces as criminals are no longer operating as factions. 
 
"They're actually joining forces to work against us. So why should we continue to work separately? Why should we continue to work in silos? We need to come together as one team," he said. 
 
On Monday, the group carried out operations in Montego Bay under a new crime fighting approach dubbed "Operation Restore Paradise" which was launched on Friday by the St. James Municipal Corporation and the police.
 
According to Major Anderson, this multi-agency operation is "a good look" and an indication of that different crime fighting agencies working together is a good idea. 
 
Apart from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and JDF, Monday's operation also involved the Public Health Department, the Transport Authority, the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Coast Guard.
 
JPS 
 
Members of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) were also involved in the operation.
 
A team visited the Charles Gordon Market to remove illegal connections.
 
Leroy Reid, Director of distribution for the JPS' southwest operations, said while he would not highlight specific locations, the problem is widespread in that "every strata of society (is) involved in electricity theft."
 


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