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Major crime continues downward trend

KINGSTON — The Jamaica Constabulary Force says the nation will have a reduction of major crimes for a third consecutive year.

“So far in 2012 a marginal reduction is expected and this drives home the reality of the difficulties faced by to achieve reductions year after year,” Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said in the JCF’s Force Order today.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.

“The first six months of 2010 were the bloodiest in our nation’s history with the number of murders rising to over 20 per cent for the same period in 2009, where 2009 was the worst year that the country has ever experienced. Notwithstanding, we ended 2010 with reduced murder figures of 15 per cent,” Ellington said.

He said that continuing on the momentum that was started in 2010, 2011 ended with an encouraging 42:100,000 as the police posted a significant reduction of 21 per cent for the number of murders recorded.

“I am convinced that if this trend were to continue, then reaching the targeted murder rate of 12:100,000 by 2017, is achievable.”

The JCF had set itself certain targets in leading the charge to reduce all major crimes to tolerable levels, and more specifically to reduce the rate of murder to 12:100,000 by 2017. This target was set in 2010 when the year ended with a murder rate of 52:100,000 down from 62:100,000 in 2009. (Observer)

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