Jamaica News, March 15, 2018 – 29 St James Gangs Operating
St James, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Despite past reports by the St James police that over nine active gangs have been operating out of the parish, Colonel Daniel George Pryce, the Jamaica Defence Force Colonel and Army Staff Operations Officer on Monday announced that 29 gangs operate out of the parish of St James and a total of 23 of these gangs are now very active.
29 St James Gangs Operating: According to Colonel Pryce, these gang members are now plaguing the communities with gang feuds and reprisal killings. Most of these attacks now bear down on communities such as Flankers, Norwood, Canterbury, Mount Salem, Rose Heights, the Township of Montego Bay and Paradise, Norwood.
The Colonel further stated that most of the murders which took place in the previous year occurred in Mount Salem and throughout the township of Montego Bay. He pointed out that the township is so poorly structured that whenever an offender carries out a crime he can easily walk away without being caught.
He went on to say that the Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis and Members of the Municipal Corporation are now working closely with the military to address this grave problem. The Colonel also mentioned that they now have to work very relentlessly to take back the city of Montego Bay from these criminals and over the period they will be putting measures in place to ensure that Montego Bay will again become a safe tourist capital.
Mr. Pryce was speaking at a prayer Breakfast which was held at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, St James on Monday, March 12, 2018. The event was held in the wake of a two days Spiritual Convention which is staged for St James from Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event which is dubbed Supernatural Encounter Jamaica was hosted by the Trumpet Call Ministries and the St James Ministers Fraternal and is aimed at reaching out to the crime offenders throughout the parish.
The Prayer Breakfast was well attended by representatives from several ministries across Jamaica and overseas. Also in attendance were His Worship Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay, Custos of St James Conrad Pitkin and Reverend Al Miller.