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  1. 13 arrested in Westmoreland raids
  2. Special courts for corruption, financial crimes?
  3. No search warrant an anti-gang flaw -DPP
  4. Liguanea shooter was policeman
  5. Alliance launches first non-bank card
  6. Tertiary grants for public-sector workers’ kids

1. 13 arrested in Westmoreland raids

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson today revealed that 13 persons were arrested and another 94 detained during police-military operations in Grange Hill, Westmoreland. The operations were in response to Tuesday’s deadly shootings in the area which left seven persons dead and several others injured. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Special courts for corruption, financial crimes?

Director General of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Colonel Desmond Edwards has called for special courts to deal with corruption and financial crimes to help reduce the backlog of cases currently before the courts. Edwards made the call while participating in a panel discussion at yesterday’s third day of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police 33rd annual conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. No search warrant an anti-gang flaw -DPP

The nation’s top prosecutor has raised concerns that there is no “expressed provision” in the anti-gang legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant for accountants and other “silent partners” who are helping gangsters finance their criminal lifestyle. The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, also known as the anti-gang legislation, was enacted four years ago to help crush criminal gangs, which, according to the police, are responsible for more than 60 per cent of all murders in Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Liguanea shooter was policeman

The police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that the licensed firearm holder who accidentally shot a woman in Liguanea, St Andrew this morning is a policeman. In a statement, the CCU said the incident has since been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Bureau of Special Investigations. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Alliance launches first non-bank card

Alliance Payment Services Limited launched the first prepaid card issued by a non-bank operation, which seeks to get more Jamaicans within the formal financial system. “It is about safety. Sometimes people come out of an agent location with a bundle of cash and we don’t want that,” said Peter Chin, president of Alliance Group of Companies, at the launch of the card at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Kingston on Thursday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Tertiary grants for public-sector workers’ kids

The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service is inviting public-sector employees to apply for tertiary-education grants on behalf of their children. The grant, which is to assist with tuition fees only, will cover 80 per cent of payment, up to a maximum $150,000. To benefit, the public-sector employee must be permanently, temporarily, or contractually appointed, with at least two years’ service with the Government of Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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