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