Five year downward trend for violent crimes in Jamaica says Commissioner

Owen Ellington says ther eis major drop in crimes in JamaicaMany persons have expressed their shock at statements made by the Commissioner of Police at a recent press conference.

The Commissioner stated there has been a gradual decrease in serious and violent crimes over the past five years, due to the tireless work of the security forces to maintain law and order.

“We are actually maintaining a five-year downward trend in serious violent crimes, which means that Jamaica is getting safer year after year, based on the hard work being done by the security forces and the co-operation that we are getting from the citizens and the policy guidance that we are getting from the Ministry of National Security,” he said.

The Commissioner was responding to questions from journalists at a post-Sectoral Debate presentation press conference, hosted at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, May 14, by the Minister of National Security, Hon.Peter Bunting.


Declaring that the “outlook is good”, Mr. Ellington informed that the figures for these crimes are “the lowest (they) have been in about 13 years.”

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