Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds said yesterday that the early deployment will ensure that members of the public are able to shop in safety and without fear as the busy Christmas season approaches.
Speaking at a press conference at the Police Officers’ Club in St Andrew, Hinds said police personnel working in administrative offices have been doing duties on the road, especially in commercial districts.
“We have added approximately 500 policemen and women islandwide to our patrol roster. In addition, 202 student constables had their passing out parade on Friday last. They have received their assignments and are currently doing regular policing duties in the various divisions,” Hinds told reporters.
Larceny and robbery usually trend up during Christmas, and Hinds said the police would be going all out to stop the criminals in their tracks and bring them to justice.
Last week, the constabulary’s operational capacity received a significant boost with the presentation of 75 additional motor vehicles from the government and Hinds said these vehicles have been added to the current fleet and are being used by the police to work the streets.
“These vehicles have boosted our ability to increase the number of mobile patrols we can put out. The main areas where persons are going to notice our increased deployments are the bus parks, main thoroughfares and the commercial districts. I am assuring the nation that the police will be out in their numbers this holiday season. We have structured our deployment to maximise the human and other resources at our disposal,” he said.
Hinds, meanwhile, urged members of the public not to hesitate to report any illegal activity they might witness, and encouraged them to adhere to safety tips provided by the police. (Observer)