Murders are on the rise in 10 of the 19 police divisions across the country.
That’s according to the latest statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
According to the statistics, St. James is one of the parishes where there’s an increase in murders.
Up to June 16 this year, 61 people have been murdered in the parish.
That’s 14 more when compared to the corresponding period last year.
A State of Public Emergency is now in effect in St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.
Murders are declining in Hanover and Westmoreland where there’s a combined 30 fewer killings across the two parishes when compared to the corresponding period last year.
Kingston Western and St. Catherine North continue to reap the benefits of enhanced security measures with continued declines in the divisions.
Up to Saturday, 6-hundred and 8 people were killed across the country.
That’s 24 fewer murders or 3.8% decline when compared to the corresponding period last year.