According to PM Holness, The level of crime we are now experiencing is more than what the armed forces can manage as over the years Government has not done enough to equip the force to deal with the growing crime problem.
Murders are up 29% this year compared to the similar period last year, 49 persons have been murdered this year in the period between January 1 to January 15 compared to 38 during the same period last year.
The number of shootings is up by 1% 38 were reported for the period that ended 2 days ago and 37 in the corresponding period last year.
20 cases of rape, 10 break-ins and 32 robberies were reported.
However, no larceny was reported compared to the 7 that were reported for the same period last year.
These statistics were released by the Constabulary Force.
Jamaica is now building an equipped security apparatus to deal with investigative capacity, man-power and technological advancement has been brought on board. As the world becomes digital, plans are being made to bring Jamaica up to date.
However, Mr. Holness pointed out that the crime problem grew over many years and it will take time to remove it from the country completely.
He mentioned the number and quality of cases that are being brought before the courts at this time as the police are putting together cases in a more professional way when they are arresting gang members, and they now have better laws to help them to deal with the court cases in a better way.
He said the long-term policies, programs and plans to reduce the country’s murder rates are now in place to remove Jamaica’s crime problem permanently, but it will take some time.