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Major crimes down 20 per cent since 2009, marginal rise in murders in a year
2013-08-22 11:44:20 | (0 Comments)
Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington says there has been a 20 percent reduction in major crimes between 2009 and August 19 this year.
In responding to a published letter about the ability of the police to reduce the murder rate, the top cop noted that there has also been a consistent 40 percent reduction in murders since 2009.
But he also acknowledged that Jamaica has been experiencing a marginal increase in murders since July compared with the similar period last year.
According to Commissioner Ellington, the overall daily average murder figure since 2010 to date is 2.4, down from 4.3 for the period 2006 to 2009.
The police Commissioner also pointed out that there are few countries where the police have managed to sustain significant reductions in serious violent crimes and have also earned harsh criticism from civil society groups.
But he says the security forces remain committed to securing a peaceful and well ordered existence.
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