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Golding updates Jamaicans abroad on crime

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2011 | 3:18 PM

While in the United States, Prime Minister Bruce Golding asserted that the Government's strategic programme through the security forces, which was launched last year, is proving to be a success.

He addressed over 200 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered in Maryland, US, at a function that Ambassador Audrey Marks hosted last night.

Golding said, Jamaica is receiving intelligence support from the USA and British governments, and this is proving to be a success.

He also disclosed that he was informed by Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, the police is now seeing a significant rate of convictions.

“This year we have seen a 15 per cent reduction in major crimes and that is in addition to a 15 per cent reduction last year.

"Most significantly, up to as recently as Sunday, June 5th, homicides, year upon year declined by 40 per cent”, the prime minister said.

Golding further stated that last year, the police commissioner removed 150 policemen, found guilty of wrong doing, from the force.

According to the prime minister, as of last Sunday the number of persons killed by police was down by 50 per cent.

"We are now getting a better record in terms of reducing crime, better rates of convictions in the courts and the police is doing that without squeezing the trigger in the reckless way they did before," Golding said.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding who is in the US capital on a five day visit will end his visit tomorrow.