82% Increase in Murders in St. James Since Expired SOE

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National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, is seeking to assure residents of crime plagued communities in St James, that the security forces are going after the criminals.

The parish has recorded an 82-per cent increase in murders, since the start of the year, compared to corresponding period in 2018. This follows consistent massive declines in murders, while the parish was under a State of Public Emergency, which expired in January.

Yesterday, a resident of Norwood, in Montego Bay, told our News Centre that there was what he called a ‘war thing’ playing out in full view of the security forces.

Dr Chang says the security forces will take further actions to bring the perpetrators to justice.

He notes that there are some 50-gangs operating in the parish, who engage in what he calls ‘harsh’ disputes.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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