Police Commish explains increase in murders this year
Nearly 1,200 murders have been recorded in Jamaica this year and Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says a large number of them were domestic-related killings.
According to the latest Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Periodic Serious and Violent Crime Review, 1,160 persons were reportedly killed up to mid-November this year across the 19 police divisions islandwide.
This represents a five per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.
However, speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre yesterday, Williams said a large number of the murders recorded this year involved relatives and friends and pointed out that the police have no control over this.
He says the increase in murders this year could also be attributed to a flare-up of intra-gang feud in four parishes.
The nation’s crime chief says despite the best efforts of the police, some contributing factors were outside the control of the police.
He says despite this the men and women of the JCF continue to work long hours to keep Jamaicans safe.