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53 per cent decline in killings by the security forces

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 6:46 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says there has been a steady decline in the number of security-forces related fatalities for the first 10 months of 2014.

INDECOM says if incidents of fatalities continue on the current trajectory, Jamaica could see its lowest number of security force-related fatalities since it began operations in August 2010.

It says at the end of October 2014, it recorded 103 fatalities, which is 53.18 per cent or 117 cases fewer than the number reported for the similar period last year when 220 people were killed by members of the security forces.

The months that reflected the highest numbers of fatalities for 2014 were January with 22 and February and May with 14 each.

INDECOM says of note is the sharp decline in fatalities recorded for the month of October.

It notes that in October last year, 40 fatalities were recorded, while in 2014, five were recorded, representing an 87.5 per cent decline.

INDECOM says June also showed a big decline as last year there were 35 fatalities which is 11 fewer than the 24 recorded this year.


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