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A Drop Of Love

Reigning Lasco/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year, Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo, will culminate her active year as top cop by spearheading a blood drive dubbed a ‘Drop of Love’ at the Police Officers’ Club on March 11.

“I have a rare blood type, so I know the importance of giving blood,” said Lindo. “Plus, I recognise the acute shortage of blood currently faced by the Blood Bank (National Blood Transfusion Service Jamaica) and wanted to give back.”

PUBLIC ADVISORY

The Police are reporting that their operation strategy for the initial stages of Election Day has been successful.

By 7:00 a.m., 99 per cent of deployment had taken place and by 7:20 a.m., Police personnel were in place at all Polling Stations and mobile and/or foot patrols deployed in every constituency.

Throughout today, the Police will continue to ensure that peaceful elections are held.

ELECTION DAY GUIDELINES FOR OPERATORS OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Consequent on the amendment of the Representation of the People Act to remove the compulsory identification marks from electoral motor vehicles – those transporting voters to and from polling stations – the Police will respond to concerns about the possible infiltration and abuse of the process by criminal elements. 

Among these concerns is the easy access that criminal elements may have, allowing them to move around in motor vehicles, intimidating voters and carrying out other acts of criminality.

Escapee Recaptured in Westmoreland

Thirty-year-old Marvin Wilson, otherwise called ‘Grave Digger’ of Lucea, Hanover, one of four prisoners who escaped from the Whithorn Police lock-up on Wednesday, January 13was is back in Police custody.

Wilson, who is charged with murder, was captured during a confrontation with the Police about 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, which also saw him sustaining gunshot injuries. A 9mm Browning Pistol and twenty-five 9mm rounds were also seized in the incident. He is presently in hospital under Police guard.

Lottery Scammers Convicted

The St. Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit recorded another lottery scam conviction in the current sitting of the St. Elizabeth Circuit Court On Wednesday, February 24.

Convicted are:

Three Killed in Crashes in Less Than 24 Hours

Three persons have been killed in road crashes on the nation's streets in less than 24 hours.

Twenty-five-year-old Keron Buchanan of Cave Mountain district, Westmoreland died of injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision along the Belmont main road in the parish on Wednesday, February 24.

Reports from the Bluefields Police are that about 2:20 a.m., Buchanan was driving his motorcycle along the roadway when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

JCF AGAINST USE OF IMAGES IN CAMPAIGNING

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is voicing its dissent against a series of viral images bearing the photograph of JCF Officers that have been fashioned into campaign paraphernalia for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The photograph – taken by the JCF’s Corporate Communication Unit and posted on the JCF’s official Facebook page in 2012 – has been manipulated to present the impression that the five on-duty Officers, and by extension the JCF, are a part of the JLP’s campaign machinery.

Man of the Cloth on Lottery Scamming Charges

Detectives attached to the Westmoreland Proactive Investigation Unit formally charged Tariq Mahabeir, a pastor of Coke Street in the parish for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provision) Act on Monday, February 22.

He was offered bail in the sum of JMD $250,000 and is set to appear before the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, March 22 where he will answer to the charge of being in possession of identity information.

Rifle, Handgun Seized in Corporate Area

Investigations are continuing in earnest to nab the person or persons connected with two illegal firearms that were seized hours apart in the corporate area on Friday, February 19. 

In the first incident, which occurred about 3:10 p.m., at the intersection of Julian Drive and Waltham Lane, Kingston 13, a team of officers on operation searched premises and found a M-16 assault rifle in a house. 

Motorcyclists Killed in Crash

The death of two motorcyclists in less than a week has prompted Head of the Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen to again appeal to road users to obey the rules of the road and exercise due care and courtesy.

"Helmets. The wearing of helmets for motorcyclists cannot be overemphasized," he said. "Too many motorcyclists continue to flout the law and put their lives at risk by refusing to wear a helmet.”

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