Murders drop sharply in January

News post February 2, 2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting a sharp decrease in the number of reported murders in January of this year when compared with the same period last year.

Based on JCF statistics, 73 murders were reported in January 2016 compared with 103 in January 2015, a decrease of 30 representing a 29.1 per cent decline. When the January 2016 murder figures are compared with the December 2015 numbers, there is a decrease of eight murders or 9.9 per cent.  The parish of St James has the dubious position of recording the most murders of the 19 police divisions in the island so far in 2016. There were 11 murders in St James up to January 31, 2016. Clarendon is not far behind with 10 reported murders. The parishes of Portland and St Mary are the only ones not to record a murder in January 2016.  In an interview carried in the Jamaica Observer, recently appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police, George Quallo said one of the main contributing factors to the decline in murders was the strong “on the ground presence of policemen and women especially members of the top rank of the organisation.”


 POLICE DIVISION  January 2015   January 2016
 Westmoreland  8 5
 Hanover  4 1
 St James  10 11
 Trelawny  0 3
 St Mary  5 0
 St Ann  3 6
 Portland  0 0
 St Elizabeth  1 1
 Manchester  3 4
 Clarendon  13 10
 St Catherine North  24 7
 St Catherine South  5 3
 St Andrew North  8 2
 St Thomas  3 1
 Kingston Western  3  2
 Kingston Central  2  8
 Kingston Eastern  4  2
 St Andrew South  4  5
 St Andrew Central  3  2
 TOTAL  103  

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