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Mar 17, 2023

Police to Boos Presence on John Smith Link Road

The Commissioner said that the police department is also relying on technology to help them fight crime. He said that surveillance cameras have been installed in San Pedro and more will be placed at strategic locations in other parts of the country, including the John Smith Road.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We are looking at the innovation and technology. As you know, the minister has said on numerous occasion that we need to find smarter ways of fight crime, and so our camera system continues to grow. I’m happy to report that we have installed evidence cameras in San Pedro. We have good coverage there. We have also installed cameras in the Kings Park area. We have installed cameras on Pitter Street and we are now doing John Smith (Link Road). This week, hopefully by tomorrow, John Smith will be finished with cameras. So, again, people have been clamoring about John Smith. It has become, like Jules would say, a cemetery. So we’re doing what we can to address it. And in the long term, the B.T.B has agreed to install a police booth on John Smith Road, which will be used as a forward operating base for the patrols to be able to patrol that area. So we have good plans to ensure that the, the trend that we have seen in Jan Smith do not continue to, to linger. And again, the public support is critical to the work that we do.”


Marion Ali

“And those cameras are effective when it comes to court cases, in terms of convictions?”


Chester Williams

“Certainly our laws do support it. We have had a number of cases where surveillance footages were used and we have obtained convictions through those, so again we do have good prosecution at both the Magistrate and the Supreme Court – prosecutors who know the martial evidence in getting those footages into evidence.”

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