Thu | Feb 22, 2018

Zero murders in St James last week

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 9:53 AM

No murders were reported in St James last week even as 26 persons were killed across the island.

Police statistics show that over the past three weeks only one murder has been recorded in St James, where a public state of emergency is in effect.

This has led to a 50 per cent reduction in murders in the parish when compared with the 24 killings that were recorded over the corresponding period last year.

The 26 murders recorded last week pushes the number of people killed since the start of the year to 182, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s latest Periodic Serious and Violent Crime Review has revealed.

This is a 14 per cent increase over the 159 murders that were recorded for the similar period last year.

St Catherine has recorded 39 murders across its two police divisions while St Andrew has recorded 35 across its three police divisions and Clarendon has recorded 24.

The police in Portland have reported just one murder since the start of the year while three have been recorded in St Elizabeth.