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Jamaica cops shifted to help stop crime

KINGSTON — Still grappling to contain the latest upsurge in violence across several communities, the Kingston West Police Division is to have its third commanding officer in four months.

The Police High Command confirmed yesterday that head of the Kingston Central Police Division, Superintendent Steve McGregor, will take over as head of the troubled division, starting September 16.

McGregor will replace Senior Superintendent Ronald Anderson, who was transferred to the division in April. Anderson replaced Senior Superintendent Terrence Bent.

Eleven-year-old Tashanique James was among several persons gunned down in west Kingston in recent weeks as part of what police investigators believe is a turf war between rival gangs.

The Police High Command said Anderson will take over as head of the St. Catherine South Police Division, while Superintendent Victor Hamilton has been transferred from Mobile Reserve to head the Kingston Central Division.

Senior Superintendent Colin Pinnock, who heads the St. Catherine South police, has been transferred to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Branch.

The High Command also announced that Senior Superintendent Noel Christie, who heads the Trelawny police, has been transferred to Mobile Reserve and will be replaced by Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, who is now based at Area One police headquarters in St. James.

Head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Michael Bailey, has also been transferred to the Inspectorate of Constabulary, the quality-control arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The transfers will take effect on September 16. (Gleaner)

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