National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, is reporting that as of Tuesday, April 13, the murder rate in Jamaica was 4.3 per cent ahead of the corresponding period in 2020.
However, the minister said that so far this April, 20 per cent fewer major crimes have been reported in the country in comparison to the similar period in April 2020.
“This downward tendency is welcome. I am mindful that it is a short timeframe, and therefore would not consider it a trend, but it is the result of some very hard work and commendable investigations by our police officers,” said Chang.
He was speaking Tuesday in the House of Representatives which gave approval for the extension of four Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, West Kingston; Mount Salem, St James; and Greenwich Town and August Town in St Andrew, for a further 60 days.