National Security minister, Peter Bunting says all major crimes are down across the island but argues that St James continues to defy the operational structures of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s techniques in their quest to curtail violent crimes.
The country recorded 106 less murders up to last Sunday, August 10 when compared with the same period last year.
Given the negative effects violent crimes are having on the wider society, Mr Bunting is calling for greater partnership from the country’s political leaders to effectively fight the crime monster. Mr. Bunting says while the police’s crime fighting techniques are reaping success, St James continues to frustrate the processes with the escalation of violent crimes.
He says St James’ crime rate double that of all other parishes despite recording a reduction over the two previous years.
In the parish, 89 people have been murdered since the start of the year.
Mr Bunting adds that with this worrying crime issue, politicians can no longer be comfortable with the votes they receive in an election if people under their leadership are being murdered like animals.
He was addressing supporters of the People’s National Party(PNP) Montego Bay South Division conference, Sunday, August 17 at the Sir Howard Cooke Campus of the International University of the Caribbean in St. James.
Source: Irie FM