Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday disclosed that according to police statistics, 20 persons were murdered in Jamaica over the first 7 days of 2019
While speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday the Prime Minister said while the murder figures up to Monday was nearly three per day, it was 25 fewer than the 45 homicides that were recorded for the first week of 2018.
Of the 20 murders, 11 were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew, where a State of Emergency (SOE) covering sections of the two parishes expired on Monday.
Holness told the House that a total of 1,287 persons were killed in Jamaica last year, a 21.9 per cent decline in comparison to the 1,616 who were murdered in a bloody 2017. It was also 4.9 per cent less than in 2016.
In 2018, there were 1,154 reported shootings, a 22.3 per cent decline in comparison to 2017, and a 5. 9 per cent decline when compared to 2016.
The prime Minister also stated that they made significant gains in the reduction of violent crimes the criminal element still retains the capacity, capability and intent.