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Major crimes down in St Ann compared to same period last year — police

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:22 AM

The St Ann police are reporting a decrease in major crimes for the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the similar period last year.

Head of the St Ann police, Superintendent Gary Francis disclosed at a press conference yesterday that murders decreased by 14 per cent.

Meanwhile, shooting and rape both went down 50 per cent.

Also showing decreases were robbery, down by 17 per cent, break-ins, down by 39 per cent, aggravated assault, down by 11 per cent and larceny down 20 per cent.

At the same time, nine firearms were seized during the period, the same as for 2016.

However, the amount of ammunition seized showed a sharp increase, moving from 40 in 2016 to 85 in 2017.

Francis says the relationship between the police and citizens has also been improving.

He’s expecting this relationship to get even better with the implementation of a parenting workshop set for later this year, involving the police, parents, students and other stakeholders.