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Commish replies to PNPYO call for his head

Friday, September 07, 2012 | 6:10 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has replied to a call from the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) for him to “pack his bags and go”.

In a release to the media earlier this week the PNPYO called for Ellington's head due to a high rate of extra-judicial killings and police excesses.

But Ellington today rubbished claims that there was high rate of police excesses and released statistics to back his claim.

"The records will show that fatal shootings by the police have been in decline in recent years.  Indeed, the figures for 2012 show continuing decline, which if it holds, could see this year ending with the lowest figure in seven years," he said.

He said statistics for the period 2006-2012 indicates that there was an average of 253 fatal shootings each year, with 2010 and 2008 recording the highest and lowest figures respectively, 320 in 2010, and 225 in 2008.

He also pointed out that violent crimes such as murder, shooting, robbery and sexual assault, have decreased in the last three years.

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