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High murder rate cancels annual police sports day

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has voted almost unanimously to call off the annual police sports day amid soaring murder figures.

The JCF confirmed yesterday that the annual police national sports day was raised during the weekly meeting of its executive management board, held on Monday.

However, members of the executive voted 14-1 against the sports day, the JCF confirmed in a statement last night.

"The murder figure as of Monday February 18, 2018, was 210, which represented an increase of 17 per cent over the comparative period for 2017," the JCF said, outlining one of the reasons members of the executive voted against the sports day.

It also indicated that all members were needed to give support to the state of public emergency in St James and the two zones of special operations now in effect.