Murders, shootings down 68% since state of emergency in St Catherine - Holness
Murders and shootings have declined by 68 per cent in the six months since a State of Public Emergency was imposed in the St Catherine North Police Division, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reported.
Holness, speaking in Parliament this afternoon, said that 27 murders and 22 shooting incidents were recorded across the division since the anti-crime measure was first implemented on March 18.
He said in the months before the state of emergency, the police recorded 87 murders.
Holness was opening the debate on a proposed second extension of the state of emergency in St Catherine North.
The Prime Minister indicated, too, that he has noted the complaints of business operators about the impact of the restrictions on their businesses.
"The police are amendable to making changes (to the restrictions imposed by the state of emergency). They are making their own assessment as to how they can ease these restrictions," said Holness.
He said National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang is to make an announcement on the issue.