Following the tragedy which has thrust the Sterling Castle Heights community in St. Andrew into the spotlight, the Police High Command says a number of hazards, especially for children have been spotted and are in need of urgent attention.
Chantae Skyers, a student of Red Hills Primary School in St. Andrew, was found murdered on Tuesday in an area known as Blue Hole.
In an interview with RJR News on Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, said the police are concerned about, among other things, part of the route that was taken by Chantae to get home.
“It is somewhere that you would not recommend for a group of children to be traversing, much less, a child. There are several reports of girls under the age of 16 being sexually assaulted. So there are some real concerns here that the police have been trying to treat with. CISOCA has gone into the areas…other agencies have gone,” she explained.
DSP Garrick said the police and other stakeholders will be meeting with the residents on Thursday to discuss the recent tragedies and the other problems identified.
She appealed to parents and communities to work with the police to ensure the protection of children.
In response to the murder of Chantae Skyers, the Violence Protection Alliance has said there is need for greater protection for children.
Dr. Elizabeth Ward, Chairman of the Violence Prevention Alliance, asserted that there needs to be safer means of travel for children to and from school, as well as safe after-school places, such as a church hall, where children can be remain until their parents come home.