The local and international publicity surrounding the Clarendon police death squad, may be a major reason for the dramatic decline in fatal shootings by the police last year.

That’s one of the conclusions being drawn by Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, Terrence Williams.

The deeds of the reputed Clarendon police death squad dominated local headlines and even drew international attention, in January 2014.

More than ten policemen in the division were charged with multiple counts of murder, sparking condemnation over egregious human rights abuses.

According to Commissioner Williams, it may not be a coincidence that the number of fatal shootings declined so dramatically, immediately in the wake of those developments.

Of course, that’s just one of many things to which the impressive 55-percent reduction is being attributed.

Commissioner Williams says his team at INDECOM must also be commended.

And that change in strategy by the JCF has not gone unnoticed by INDECOM.

In 2014, the Commission announced it would be placing greater scrutiny on planned police operations.

In addition, Mr. Williams says the role of the public in demanding higher standards of conduct from police personnel, is not to be underestimated.