Police sleuths in St Ann are probing allegations that their colleagues are key gamers in each permitting and supporting unlawful events within the parish.
This has added one other unfavourable dimension to the broader drawback within the parish the place residents proceed to flout COVID-19 protocols by staging unlawful events and breaching the Catastrophe Danger Administration Act and the island’s curfew orders.
“I do know that a few of our officers aren’t trustworthy, and a few of the events which are being held, you have officers who’re concerned (and) you have officers who’re permitting them,” a frank Carlos Russell, head of the St Ann police, disclosed.
He was addressing the month-to-month assembly of the St Ann Municipal Company on Thursday.
St Ann, together with Manchester, have been positioned beneath the microscope of the well being authorities, with Well being and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, telling Parliament on Tuesday that the 2 parishes had been recording noticeable upticks in COVID-19 instances.
Well being officers are actually working in St Ann to comprise the unfold there, however in keeping with the parish’s police commander, residents aren’t adhering to the COVID-19 containment measures.
To additional complicate the efforts of the police, Russell mentioned there are restricted police sources, together with police autos, to curtail the unlawful events which are sometimes held in rural communities.
“For instance, you’ve got areas like Alexandria which has a lot of communities to police… One of many communities is Murray Mount(ain), and manner up in these locations,” Russell elaborated.
“… and generally the (police) unit is caught up with coping with a whole lot of stories which are coming into the stations. So they aren’t capable of go to all of the totally different communities… and what we’re discovering is that individuals are going into distant areas to maintain these events and dances,” he continued.
Along with members of the St Ann police supporting unlawful events, Russell disclosed that the police have additionally acquired worrying data that some guesthouses within the parish are actually havens for events.
In consequence, Russell, who shall be transferred to the Trelawny Police Division as of January 25, pleaded with residents to report law enforcement officials who help the occasions, and inform them about unlawful events.
“What I’m asking for is for you as accountable individuals, everytime you see these events, or wherever you see these officers performing unprofessionally, then you must report it to us. That is all we’re asking…,” he careworn.
Amid the challenges dealing with lawmen within the north japanese parish, Russell has reaffirmed his staff’s dedication to stopping unlawful leisure occasions which are being staged in contravention of the island’s COVID-19 rules.