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Commish praises cops for downward trend in crime figures

Jamaica Observer

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 8:05 AM    

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POLICE Commissioner Owen Ellington has showered praises on the members of the constabulary for their role in helping to curtail the crime monster.

In this week's Force Orders Ellington attributed the continued trending down of the major crimes statistics to increases in the quality and number of our operations allied with effective intelligence and the commitment of members to the cause. 

"Every member of the JCF deserves praise for the 13.3 per cent reduction in major crimes as at July 21st. While major crimes are down, probably the key indicator, murder, is still a tad above last year’s numbers. I strongly believe that we can contain this minor spike in murders and move it downwards, if we continue the work being done with corresponding increases in the quality of our operations, and with a commitment to, not only respond quickly to incidents but to also anticipate better responses to  the commission of crimes," he said.

Ellington said quick response and anticipation is of paramount importance.

"The prevention of crimes by sustained vigilance, effective patrols and proper analysis can go a far way in assisting to reduce murders in particular. Despite the reduction in major crimes, we are by no means out of the woods. We must maintain our robust operations to disrupt the movement of criminals and we have to more and more link our operations with intelligence," he added. 

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