Murders on the Decline in Western Jamaica

Latest Jamaica News: Since the implementation of the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland on April 30, 2019, there has been a steady decline in the number of reported murders in these parishes.

As at July 12, 2019, Westmoreland has recorded a 34% reduction or 26 less murders, Hanover 33% reduction or 12 less murders, compared to last year. While 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 that is not included in the table below.

Additionally, as the security forces continue with operational activities in these parishes, major public safety initiatives have been implemented, with the support and collaboration of other critical stakeholders, to restore and maintain public order and safety.

The public is also being reminded that they can share confidentially and anonymously information 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.

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