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More than 1,400 children arrested for involvement in serious crimes since 2015 – police

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:44 PM

Nearly 1,500 children have been arrested for being involved in serious crimes over a two year period. 

This was revealed yesterday evening by the new commander for the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Donovan Graham.

ACP Graham says too many of the nation's children are involved in criminal activities.

He also says too many are being abused and continue to be victims of crime.

Speaking at an installation ceremony of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Bay, ACP Graham said between September 2015 and September this year over one thousand four hundred children allegedly committed serious crimes such as murder, shooting, rape and robbery 

He says offenders range between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. 

The Police Area One head says 1,373 offenders are males, while 46 are females.

In providing a further breakdown of the numbers, ACP Graham says 192 children have been arrested for murder, 152 held for shooting, while 364 have been arrested for robbery over the review period.

He says 256 children were arrested for break-in and 232 for rape.