Major General Antony Anderson
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said criminals have been taking advantage of the redeployment of police personnel to quarantine sites amid the coronavirus in Jamaica.
He said this was evident in the recent flare up of violence in the St. Andrew South Police division where criminals "used those gaps to shoot and kill people, to carry out their reprisals and vendettas."
General Anderson said adjustments are being made within the force to prevent the situation from escalating.
He said while the move will come as a stretch for other places, the police will have to focus their attention in this way to control the crime situation, "which actually is operating just like virus."
General Anderson, however, pledged that the Ministry of Health would have the police's continued support in the fight against the coronavirus.
He noted that the police have escorted 300 people across the country to quarantine facilities since cases of the coronavirus emerged in Jamaica.