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Major crimes trending down in St James - commanding officer

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 1:51 PM

The commanding officer of the St James police division, Superintendent Derrick Champagne, is reporting a decline in major crimes in the parish since the start of the year.

Champagne says 15 murders have been committed in the parish between January one and yesterday.

This is two fewer than the total for the similar corresponding period last year.

Mount Salem, which has been labeled as one of the division's main criminal hotspots, accounts for the highest number of deaths, with a total of four.

Montego Hills, Cambridge and Barnet Street each had three murders while Granville and the Montego Bay Freeport both had one murder.

Meanwhile, according to Superintendent Champagne, of the 15 murders in the parish, four have already been cleared up.

While noting that St James is currently ranked third in murders across the island, Champagne says the police are getting good support from the public in their crime-fighting efforts.

He says the police will be doing everything possible to keep the crime figures in the parish trending downward for the remainder of the year.

The superintendent made his remarks yesterday while addressing the monthly meeting of the St James Parish Council.

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