Commissioner Disappointed with Murder Spike

Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams has announced plans to arrest the increase in murders that’s been causing growing concern.

He revealed today that 602 Jamaicans have been murdered since the start of the year!

98 more than the corresponding period up to this time last year, representing a 19-percent increase in murders so far this year.

Commissioner Williams made the disclosure this afternoon at a press conference at his offices on Old Hope Road, in St. Andrew.

As the police move to arrest the increasing murder rate, Commissioner Williams has announced a new campaign to reduce the number of illegals guns on the streets.

This campaign comes as Commissioner Williams says the gun is being used in the majority of murders.

He says the modalities of the ‘Get the Gun Campaign’ are to be revealed shortly.

He’s also sending reinforcement to St. James — where Senior Superintendent of Police, Steve McGregor, is the divisional commander.

Commissioner Williams says over the next few days there’ll also be adjustments to the divisional command team in Hanover and St. Ann.

He says the police have also increased joint deployments with the JDF in certain hotspots — including St. Catherine North.

He says he expects the steps being taken to deal with crime to start yielding results in the next six months.

AND, the Commissioner was today asked to grade himself based on his efforts to stem crime since he became Commissioner last year.