Fatal police shootings lowest in 16 years

News post January 28, 2016



KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fatal shootings involving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have dipped below 100 over a 12-month period for the first time in 16 years.

This was disclosed at a press conference hosted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) at its Dumfries Road offices in Kingston today. Over the period, 109 security force fatalities were recorded and of that figure 98 involved the JCF while three involved the Jamaica Defence Force. Seven were deaths in custody and one was recorded as fatality-other. INDECOM head Terrence Williams said that the decrease was as a result of work that was done not only by his organisation, but by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

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