Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the St. Catherine South Police
The security forces have turned up the heat on criminals who have been fleeing the States of Public Emergency and Zones of Special Operations in sections of the island.
Several persons were arrested Wednesday during raids in Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine.
Fifty one people, including women, have been taken into custody following a major police/military operation in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.
That raid was part of efforts by the security forces to nab criminals fleeing the State of Public Emergency in St. James.
Several people have been murdered in Westmoreland in recent weeks, causing fear among residents.
The police say criminals fleeing the State of Public Emergency in St. James are wreaking havoc in Westmoreland where more than 100 people have been killed since January.
Four people remain in custody after being detained Wednesday morning during an operation in the Windsor area of Siloah, St. Elizabeth.
One of the individuals is suspected to be linked to gang activities in St. Catherine.
Several persons were picked up during the operation were processed at the Black River police station.
The six-hour operation was aimed at cathcing criminals fleeing the Zones of Special Operations and States of Public Emergency in St. James, the St. Catherine North police division and sections of the Corporate Area.
The security forces were also searching for persons involved in lottery scamming as well as narcotics and illegal guns.
In St. Catherine, several men were detained during an operation in Newlands, Portmore.
It was conducted in response to an upsurge in gang violence in the community over the last two weeks.
The cops were also searching for fugitives believed to have fled the State of Emergency in sections of the Corporate Area.
The detainees are being processed.
A little more than a week ago, a police corporal was arrested while allegedly delivering arms and ammunition to men in Newlands.
He was reportedly held in possession of an AK47 rifle, a Taurus pistol and more than 20 rounds of ammunition.
Investigators have accused the cop of being a member of the Umbrella gang.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is to rule whether charges are to be laid against him.