Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a lack of investment in the country’s security forces contributed to the increased level of murders across the island.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a Central Executive meeting in St. Ann on Sunday.

Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, revealed that 963 murders were recorded between January 1 and September 11 this year.

That’s 125 fewer than the corresponding period last year.

However, the police say that homicides have increased in five of the 19 police divisions since the start of the year.

Prime Minister Holness says work by the government to eradicate crime and violence in Jamaica will take time.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.