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Sharp decline in police fatalities for 2014 first quarter

Published:Wednesday | April 16, 2014 | 12:42 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is reporting a notable decrease in the number of people killed by the security forces for the first quarter of 2014.



It says at the end of the first quarter, the Commission recorded a total of 40 fatalities; this is 36 fewer than the first quarter of 2013 in which 76 fatalities were recorded.



This represents a 47.3 per cent drop in the number of fatalities.



INDECOM had already reported that for the month of March the Commission recorded four fatalities – the lowest in the history of the Commission.



Last year 19 fatalities were recorded in March, which represents a decrease of 78.9 per cent.



INDECOM notes that for the past three years, the annual figures for fatalities have been increasing with 210 people killed in 2011, 219 in 2012 and 258 last year.



Meanwhile, Commissioner of INDECOM Terrence Williams says he’ is encouraged by the drop in fatalities and hopes the number will continue on a downward trajectory going forward.



He also says it is particularly refreshing given the report of the general decline in crime during this period.



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