Police report drop in murders
MURDERS across all police divisions in the first six months of 2014 dropped to 491 from 536 over the corresponding period in 2013, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has reported.
According to projections from the JCF, the murder rate this year is expected to continue its downward trajectory to fall below the 1,200 murders recorded in 2013.
With 185 days remaining in 2014, the requirement to at least better the 2013 figure (1,200) would be a daily average not exceeding 3.8 murders for the remainder of the year, the JCF said in its report yesterday.
The current year-to-date average is 2.7 murders per day, the JCF added.
Meanwhile, the police division topping the murder list in the first six months this year is St Catherine North at 64, followed by St James with 62 murders to June 29.
St Catherine South is next with 45 murders, while Clarendon and Kingston West are at 42 each. Forty-one murders were committed in St Andrew South over the period.
St Thomas at five and Portland six, have recorded the lowest number of murders to June 29 this year.
Outside of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine has racked up the highest number of murders since January with a total 109 in the parish's two police divisions -- North and South.