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Police release stats on crimes involving children

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 5:23 PM

The Police High Command has released statistics on crimes involving children following the recent increase in such crimes, particularly in St James.

Figures from the Statistics Department of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicate that since January 2013 and May this year, 60 children were murdered, and 99 were shot and injured.

The statistics show that in the last two months alone, seven children between ages seven and 17 years were murdered, while one was shot and injured.

The police statistics show that for the period January 01, 2013 to May 25, 2014, 44 children were charged with murder, 40 with shooting and 94 with breaches of the Firearms Act.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF says police intelligence also suggest that gangs continue to recruit children to commit crimes.

It says children are routinely found to be armed with weapons such as knives, machetes and even homemade firearms, which are believed to be supplied by criminal gangs.

The Police High Command says it is concerned about instances of young people becoming victims or perpetrators of gun-related crimes, and is calling for all Jamaicans to redouble their efforts to safeguard the nation’s youth.


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