Head of the St. James Police, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, says he expects murders in St. James to start decreasing by the end of September.

This, as he responds to a 14-percent increase in murders in the western parish. There have been 104 reported murders in the parish so far this year. Fifteen more compared to the corresponding period last year. But SSP Nesbeth says the police are on top of the situation.

SSP Nesbeth says the police expect murders to decrease over the next few months.

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He admits the increase over last year is worrying. He says it’s linked to a rise in reprisal killings and gang feuds.

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He says the police have ‘captured’ a number of persons as they try to bring murders under control.

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Repeated calls were made last year for the government to give the police more resources to fight crime in western Jamaica.

SSP Nesbeth says the government has been very supportive.

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Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Nesbeth says criminals from the Corporate Area and St. Catherine are being invited to St. James to commit crimes.

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He says this is putting additional strain on the resources of the division.

He’s calling on St. James residents to speak up regarding any criminal activity they are aware of.

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