Since the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) was implemented in Hanover, St James and Westmoreland on 30 April 2019, there has been a steady decline in the number of murders reported in those parishes.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said, as at July 12, Westmoreland recorded a 34 percent reduction or 26 less murders, while Hanover recorded a 33 percent reduction or 12 less murders – compared to last year.

The JCF added: “St James, despite recording an increase in murders, has had a significant slowing of murders compared to the first quarter of this year before the launch of the SOPE.”

When the SOPE was announced in April, the murder figures for Westmoreland stood at 43, Hanover at 14, and St James at 51.

“Since then, Westmoreland recorded 8 murders, Hanover 4 and St James 22 – which includes the two in Zion Hill, Barrett Town,” the JCF added.

It, in the meantime, urged persons to share information confidentially and anonymously with the security forces through Crime Stop at 311.

“A reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of guns, ammunition, explosives and the arrest of wanted persons through the Get the Guns Campaign,” the JCF said.

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