Senior cop says international help is needed to combat lottery scamming

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey,
Fitz Bailey, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey, says international collaboration is needed to combat the issue of lottery scamming, which has been plaguing the island, particularly the western region.

Bailey, who is in charge of Crime, was addressing a forum for the presentation of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) Report on Scamming, Gangs and Violence in Montego Bay, at the city’s Cultural Centre in St James on September 23.

“We have to ensure that there are adequate laws that are enforced.”

— Bailey

The report was carried out as part of CAPRI’s ‘Transform Citizen Security A Yaad’ Project.

Bailey emphasised that if the country is to deal with the issue of transnational organised crime, “there has to be coordination, intelligence, a quest to identify the money, track the money and seize the money. There has to be international collaboration”.

“We have to ensure that there are adequate laws that are enforced and the penalty, in my view, is significant to send the message as well as to take the profit out of the crime,” he said.