Murders in Jamaica are down by 3-point-4 per cent this year compared to the corresponding period for last year.

Minister without portfolio in the National Security Ministry, Senator Matthew Samuda, gave the update in the Upper House of Parliament today.

Minister Samuda was making his contribution to debate on a resolution to extend the States of Public Emergency in the Kingston West and Kingston Central police divisions.

Minister Samuda noted that there’s been a significant reduction in violent crime in both divisions since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the special security measure two weeks ago.

Minister Samuda told the House that the special security measures were needed.

Senator Matthew Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security.

He was addressing the Senate today.