Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Murders down 68% in St James

File photo of members of the security forces at a checkpoint in the St Catherine North police division, where a state of emergency was imposed earlier this year.

File photo of members of the security forces at a checkpoint in the St Catherine North police division, where a state of emergency was imposed earlier this year.

St James continues to record a sharp reduction in murders amid the state of public emergency across the parish.

Police statistics show that, year to date, up to Friday, October 26, murders in the parish - where there were 335 homicides in 2017- dropped by some 68 per cent compared to the same period last year.

"This time last year there were 259 murders in the parish and as of October 26 we are at 83, which is a reduction of 176 lives or 68 per cent of the figures compared to last year," revealed Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Charge of Operations in St James, Kevin Francis. 

DSP Francis was speaking at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the St James Municipal Corporation building in the parish on Friday. 

The state of public emergency which was declared in St James, on Thursday, January 19 this year was recently extended to January 31, 2019.

DSP Francis used the press conference to appeal to residents of the parish to partner with the police to allow the security measures to continue to reap success over the festive season. 

"The police cannot do this by ourselves, so we are seeking the assistance of all stakeholders, which includes our citizens, to ensure that our plans, not just for the Yuletide season, but to secure the parish of St James year round will continue to work," DSP Francis charged.

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