St. James, Jamaica (McKoy’s News)- 1,400 Children Arrested For Serious Crimes Over A Two Year Period: Recent expressions of alarm have pointed to some 1,400 youths between the ages of 12 and 18 being involved in and having been arrested for some serious crimes in the pass two years. These were not simple crimes, these involved Class A crimes such as: murder, shooting, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and larceny.
Statistic having been disclosed over a two years period between September of 2015 to September 2017 ssome 1,400 children committed some serious crimes. According to the records provided by the Assistant Commissioner of Police Graham 192 children were arrested for murder, 232 children were arrested for rape, 152 were arrested for shooting, 364 were arrested for robbery and 256 children were arrested for breaking and entering.
The ACP who was speaking at a ceremony at the Kiwanis Club in Montego Bay on Thursday, disclosed that the majority o children arrested were boys.
“We have seen where they are involved in violent crimes and, in many instances, they’re abused and continue to be victims of crime,” the ACP noted.
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He further stated that children are at the centre of many policing issues, mainly crime and violence. He further stated that children have a main role in the achievement of Vision 2030. He noted that Vision 2030 speaks to having Jamaica as the place to work, do business and raise families. However, very critical to this vision is the role that our children, who are our future leaders, will play in this process.
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“A strategy aimed at addressing the various issues surrounding the children is being developed by the Community, Safety and Security Branch of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force),” he added.
ACP Graham challenged Kiwanians to continue to assist with the nation’s children, ACP Graham said: “Your motto, ‘Changing the world, one child, one community at a time’ is very fitting and must be encouraged.”
He had made this challenge at the Grandiosa Hotel in St. James.
Written by: Mikayla Simpson