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Serious crimes down 20% in Area Two

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

UP TO last week Sunday, serious crimes in the police Area Two division, comprising St Ann, St Mary and Portland, have seen a 20 per cent drop, compared to the same period last year.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the Area Two headquarters in Tower Isle, St Mary, area officer in charge of Area Two, ACP Ealan Powell, said the figures reflect the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

He was accompanied by senior officers from the three parishes.

Last year, the figures show 1,076 serious crimes for the three parishes, compared to 858 this year, Powell stated.

Murder is showing a nine per cent drop overall, but there is an increase in the murder figure for St Ann.

According to Superintendent Yvonne Martin-Daley, commanding officer for St Ann, murders in St Ann have moved from 28 last year to 33 this year.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, who is in charge of Portland, said the designated safest parish in Jamaica has seen murders fall from eight to six.

For St Mary, murders have decreased from 31 to 22.

For the period, there have been 6,482 arrests, while 32 firearms have been seized, the police reported.

Powell said, since the start of the year, seven neighbourhood watches have been launched, along with eight police youth clubs. In addition, the police have made 6,400 visits to schools across the three parishes. The police have also launched school debate competitions in each parish.

These interventions, Powell suggested, have impacted the reduced crime figures.

There is also a vast reduction in the incidence of school violence, he reported.

- C.G.