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2017 murders by divisions ... St James leads with 335 homicides

Published:Friday | January 5, 2018 | 11:35 AM
The figures show that overall, rural divisions recorded 911 murders compared with 705 by metropolitan divisions to total 1,616 homicides for 2017.

The western Jamaica parish of St James reported 335 murders last year to record the highest homicide tally of the 19 police divisions.

Portland, with eight murders, had the lowest figure for the year which saw 1,616 homicides in Jamaica – that’s a 19.4 per cent increase over 2016.

At the same time, only 29 per cent of the murders were cleared up, meaning the suspect was arrested or killed.

The figures show that overall, rural divisions recorded 911 murders compared with 705 by metropolitan divisions to total 1,616 homicides for 2017.

MURDERS BY POLICE DIVISIONS:

Kingston Central
2017: 27

2016: 53

Kingston Eastern
2017: 56

2016: 31

Kingston Western
2017: 88

2016: 74

St Andrew Central
2017: 75

2016: 53

St Andrew South
2017: 159

2016: 92

St Andrew North
2017: 58

2016: 24

St Catherine North
2017:  134

2016: 146

St Catherine South
2017: 108

2016: 94

St Thomas
2017: 21

2016: 21

St James
2017: 335

2016: 269

Trelawny
2017: 21

2016: 30

Westmoreland
2017: 147

2016: 115

Hanover
2017: 61

2016: 53

St Mary
2017: 21

2016:31

St Ann
2017: 60

2016: 53

Portland
2017: 8

2016: 15

Manchester
2017: 44

2016: 41

Clarendon
2017: 168

2016:  135

St Elizabeth
2017: 25

2016: 24

NOTE: The numbers for Clarendon, St Andrew South, St Andrew North and St Catherine South have been updated.

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