Murders drop by almost 70 percent in St James
Murder figures in the parish of St James have dropped by almost 70 percent since the start of this year compared to the corresponding period last year.
According to ACP Elan Powell, between January 1 and March 21, some 17 murders have been recorded in St James; which is 37, or 69 per cent less than the 54 recorded over the same period last year.
Meanwhile, during the period between January 18, when a state of public emergency was declared in St James, and March 21, seven murders were recorded in the parish; which is 35 less than the 42 recorded over the same period last year.
Shootings have reduced by 46 per cent since the start of the year in the parish which recorded 28 between January 1 and March 21.
Last year 52 shootings were recorded in the parish over the same period.
During the period of the state of public emergency, 13 shootings were reported, in comparison to 37 recorded over the same period last year.
"And I would just like to remind everybody that six of the 13 emanated from one incident," ACP Powell disclosed.
Last year the parish recorded an unprecedented 335 murders.