25 per cent drop in murders so far, Commish revisiting plans
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is reporting a 25 per cent decline in murders so far this month compared with the similar period last year and he has ordered a series of new measures aimed at keeping up the trend.
According to the latest Police Force Order issued last Friday, 42 murders were recorded from January 1 to 18.
That is 14 fewer than the 56 people killed over the similar period last year.
The Commissioner says based on the figures, the Jamaica Constabulary Force stands an excellent chance of completing the month with fewer murders this month than were recorded for January last year.
To achieve that, Dr Williams said the force will have to revisit the strategies and tactics which were developed in the third quarter last year to reduce murders.
He says the focus of a Murder Reduction Work Plan will be on wanted persons, violence producers and persons sponsoring crime.
The plan is to be executed in all 19 geographic police divisions.
Last year, Jamaica recorded more than 1,000 murders, a 20 per cent increase over 2014.