The territory’s Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson, says that those involved in the fight against crime will not be comfortable until there are further reductions in the crime figures, despite announcing encouraging statistics on Thursday, 7th April, 2011.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), he said there had been a 44 percent reduction in murders between January and March, compared to the same period last year.
The Jamaica Observer reported that Nelson said, “While we are thankful for the reductions, we will not sit on the laurels of comfort. We are determined, and I’m sure the JCF and JDF agree, to slash the crime rates with an intensification of initiatives.”
The police divisions with the largest reductions were: St Andrew North, 78 percent; St Andrew South, 58 percent; 60 percent in both Kingston Central and Western; St Catherine North, 31 per cent; and St Catherine South, 35 percent.
Police said that the downward trend in crime was also evident in rural areas, including some hotbed communities. St James recorded a 50 percent decline during January to March when compared to 2010. Clarendon’s murder figure fell by 55 percent and Westmoreland 32 percent.
Nelson said that Portland recorded “no crime” during the period. He attributed the overall fall in crime to increased operations by security forces.
(This article was written with content incorporated from a Caribbeannewsnow release)