6% Increase in Major Crimes

The country has seen a spike in major crimes since the start of the year.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says there has been a 6 % increase in murders when compared to the same period last year.

He states that up to last Sunday, there were 924 murders compared to 869 over the same period last year.

highest crime rates, highest murder rates Commissioner Ellington says the surge in criminal activities has been attributed to an increase in incidents of murders and shootings and murders committed during the course of a robbery.


The Commissioner was speaking at his quarterly news briefing at his offices this afternoon (October 17).

Meanwhile, the Police High Command is hailing the success of Operation Resilience launched in West Kingston, two weeks ago.

The Police High Command launched operation resilience in an effort to arrest the upsurge in criminal activity, which has plagued the West Kingston police division.

Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, at a press briefing this afternoon, said since the launch of the operation, the West Kingston police division has seen criminal activity fall drastically.

Commissioner Ellington has attributed the decline in criminal activity to the detention and fatal shooting of known gang members in the area and the seizure of 38 illegal firearms.

Similar operations have been launched in St. James and Westmoreland where so far, eight guns have been seized.

Operation Resilience is aimed at reshaping communities that have been terrorized by gang activities, disarming gang members, retrieving material evidence and arresting persons with outstanding warrants.


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