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Fund launched to reward informants on violence against children

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:27 PM

A Violence against Children Reward Fund has been launched to provide rewards to persons who assist in the arrest and charge of those who commit violent acts against children.

The fund was launched by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) today.

The PSOJ says the fund will hold a minimum of $1 million.

It already has $1,200,000, $1 million of which was donated by the Musson Foundation.

The violent acts for which rewards will be offered include murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, molestation, carnal abuse and child abuse.

The Fund will be managed by Crime Stop Jamaica, which will be responsible for determining the value of each reward granted based on a case by case basis.

Head of territorial operations Deputy Commissioner of Police George Quallo noted in his remarks today that murder, rape and sexual offences against children have trended down in 2016 in comparison to 2015.

He said there were 61 reported murders in 2015, while 40 have been recorded so far for 2016.

The number of rapes in 2015 was 352 and now it is at 234, while sexual offences which were at 463 last year are now at 261.