• Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the disclosure this afternoon in the House of Representatives.

Murders Drop By 80% In Clarendon Since SOE, PM Holness Discloses


There’s been an 80 per cent decline in murders in Clarendon since the declaration of a State of Public Emergency in the parish approximately six weeks ago.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the disclosure this afternoon in the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister Holness also told the House there’ve been significant reductions in murders and violent crime in St. Catherine since a State of Public Emergency was also declared in that parish on September 5.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

He was making his contribution to the debate in the House on a resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in Clarendon and St. Catherine by 90 days.

Debate on the resolution is ongoing.

The resolution is expected to be approved by the House given that the Opposition has indicated that its members will support the measure

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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