Major crimes on the decline in St Elizabeth, but murder up
The St Elizabeth police continue to reap success from their operational activities, as the division has seen a 33 per cent reduction in major crimes, including rapes and robberies, in October, despite an increase in murders.
While addressing the monthly meeting of the St Elizabeth Municipal Corporation on Thursday, head of the parish's police, Superintendent Samuel Morgan, disclosed that the heightened actions of the police have also resulted in over 700 pounds of ganja being seized and over 2,000 traffic tickets being issued.
In relation to murders, the superintendent told councillors that there was an increase of four murders this year in St Elizabeth, when compared to the figures for the corresponding period last year.
"Last year this time we had 18 (murders) and now we have 22," Morgan indicated.
Amid the increase in killings, he said there has been a 45 per cent cleared-up rate of murders, meaning persons have been charged or convicted for the crimes. He noted, too, that several of the killings were domestic-related.
Morgan announced that there have been reductions in cases of shootings, robberies, rape, larceny and aggravated assault.
"… we are showing a reduction of five less shootings. We have also been seeing a reduction in the robberies in the parish that is down by 15 per cent. Rape, it is down by 45 per cent, and larceny and aggravated assault down by 42 and 33 per cent respectively. However, we are seeing an increase in break-ins of only one over the period last year… for the month of October (for example), we have seen upward of 33 per cent reduction of the major crimes in the parish as against last year," he said.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Morgan had high commendation for the officers of the parish whom he has assigned to lead the crime fight on the streets.
"I must pause... to commend the men and women I am charged to lead at this time. They are really making significant efforts in our operational activities and in our investigative capabilities, to ensure the parish is much safer than what it was last year," he acknowledged.
He said the increase in the operational activities of the parish's police has resulted in major successes this year. Of note, three firearms have been recovered, 117 persons were arrested for various crimes, and 2,774 traffic tickets were issued.
Additionally, 772 pounds of ganja was seized, and nine acres of the weed was destroyed.