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Low murder clear-up rate not an escape for criminals, says deputy commish

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Livern Barret, Gleaner Writer



Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds says the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s paltry clear-up rate for murders does not mean that criminals are far more likely to get away with their crime.




Hinds’ comments come as the latest periodic crime review prepared by the JCF shows that the clear-up rate for murders stands at just under 29 per cent.



There have been 947 reported murders since the start of the year.



However, Hinds, who has responsibility for the operations portfolio, says cases are taking longer to investigate because witnesses are not willingly coming forward, forcing the police to employ other investigative methods.



Despite this, he gave the assurance that the clear-up rate for murders will improve significantly by the end of the year.



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