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Fall in police fatal shootings so far in 2019

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:55 PM

There is a reduction in the number of fatal shootings by police since the start of the year.

Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that 21 civilians were killed by police personnel between January 1 and April 6, 2019.

This is 12 fewer cases when compared to the corresponding period last year.

There has, however, been an increase in the number of people killed by licensed firearm holders.

A total of six persons were fatally shot, five more when compared with the same period in 2018.

And two persons were killed by security guards.

Meanwhile, the figures indicate that there was a fall in the number of persons arrested by the police during the period.

The statistics show that a total of 3350 arrests were made compared with the 3807 recorded in 2018.

The majority of the arrests, 287 cases, were for breaches in the Firearms Act.

This was followed by 248 cases of breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and 161 arrests for possession of offensive weapons.

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