Jamaica Crime News, St James: Over the past week, several brutal murders have taken place throughout the parish of St James and this has taken the total of persons murdered in the parish, since the start of the year, to 66 murders.
These killings have now caught the eyes of the wider business community and several persons have voiced their concern.
Since the start of the State of Public Emergency in February, which is now also known as, Enhanced Security Measures, the parish has seen a drastic reduction in murders, comparing to that of the previous year, although a total of 58 murders have been committed since the State of Public Emergency.
Dr. Lee Bailey, Chairman of the Police Civil Committee stated that, the parish of St James is very grateful to have the Enhanced Security Measures, but fifty murders are still way too much.
“If Fifty murders are still taking place during a State of Enhanced Security Measures, in St James, that is way too much”, stated the Police Civil Committee Chairman.
“Especially based on the amount of resources we now have out there, my humble opinion is that, maybe, some of the resources are not strategically placed”.
“As the criminals and the persons committing these acts, are watching how the security is being placed, and they are planning just as the security forces are planning”, Mr. Bailey said, “so I think the visibility of our security forces in St. James are a major factor“
“Despite what anybody wants to say, a sacrifice has been made by members of the public to understand that we want to end the occurring of murders, especially gun murders, and I must say that hat I especially feel much more comfortable with the Enhanced Security Measures, but fifty murders are a bit way too much,”
A record-breaking total of 335 murders were recorded in the parish of St James at the end of 2017 and this figure is the highest ever to be recorded in the parish history.