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Keep dangerous criminals behind bars - Commish

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 1:00 AMLivern Barrett
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THE POLICE High Command has revealed that it plans to continue discussions with the judiciary to ensure that the most dangerous criminals remain behind bars after they are caught.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams made the disclosure yesterday after he announced that a record 700 alleged murderers were arrested in Jamaica, last year.

"In 2015, we arrested more persons for murder than have ever been arrested [in a single year] in the history of Jamaica," Williams said during a press conference at his St Andrew offices.

He said in some cases, investigators have found that one person was responsible for multiple murders in one incident and multiple killings in separate incidents.

"We have arrested three or four people who were involved in one murder in several different incidents," Williams said.

According to police statistics, a total of 1,207 persons were reported killed last year, a 20 per cent jump when compared with 2014.

While noting that the 700 arrests represent a 54 per cent cleared-up rate for all murders reported last year, Williams said the police wants to ensure that dangerous criminals are not free to continue spreading mayhem in the society.

"We intend to continue the dialogue with the judiciary and the magistracy to ensure that the people who are suppose to remain in custody do, in fact, remain in custody and we hope that we will continue to have a fair level of success in that regard," Williams insisted.

"If they remain in custody, we will not see as many murders from those same [alleged] murderers. We will be impacting the number of murders happening in the society," he continued.

His crime chief, Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, said police investigators are also focusing on building more airtight cases against dangerous criminals.

"Our cases are stronger and we hope that the strength of our cases will, in fact, convince the magistrate why these persons should not remain among the population," Hinds underscored.