The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, is reporting a 19% increase in fatal shootings by members of the security forces from January to April.

Whilst an increase across both JCF and JDF is being reported, speaking at their quarterly media briefing this morning INDECOM’s Assistant Commissioner, Hamish Campbell, says the number of fatal shootings by the JCF remains the same in comparison to last year.

Mr. Campbell says 21 persons were shot and injured by the security forces within the first four months of this year and says the number of police shootings are still too high.

Hykel Nunes has more in this report.

According to Assistant Commissioner Campbell, since the start of the year, total fatal shootings from the JCF and JDF amount to 37, which is a slight increase in comparison to the same time last year where they were 31 killings.

Although the increase is by six, Deputy Commissioner Campbell says it is still concerning.

Assistant Commissioner Campbell notes that fatal shootings from the JCF have remained the same as last year, but he says more needs to be done to reduce those numbers as well.

Assistant Campbell says the main concern at this time is that, fatal shootings from the security forces might become normalised during operations.