Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
The Police High Command has announced a decrease in murders since the launch of Operation Resilience in sections of downtown and west Kingston.
Operation Resilience is the name of the new anti-crime initiative the Police High Command has rolled out as it seeks to stem the recent upsurge in murders and shootings.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says the initiative has since been expanded to include several central and western parishes.
Ellington says since the launch of the operation, the police have recorded an average of just over two murders a day, down from four three weeks ago.
Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who is in charge of operations, explains that the initiative will seek to remove illegal firearms, arrest persons involved in criminal activities and ensure the safety of citizens.
Since the start of the year more than 924 persons have been killed, a six per cent increase when compared to the 869 murders reported for the corresponding period last year.
The police commissioner is appealing to residents to come forward and provide the police with information on the location of illegal guns in their communities.
The Police High Command has also sought to assure residents that its members will respect their rights and urged them to report incidents of wrongdoing by police personnel through the established channels.
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