According to Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson, Jamaica has had a 31 percent decrease in all major crimes since the beginning of 2023, with murders down by 34 percent compared to the same period in 2022.
In a virtual news conference, he stated that while shootings, rapes, and break-ins had all decreased by 26%, 64% of all homicides during the time period were committed as a result of gang disputes.
Jamaica has reported 86 killings thus far this year compared to 137 during the same period last year.
71 shootings occurred this year compared to 94 over the same period last year. In Jamaica in 2022, there were 1498 murders.
The police commissioner said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is being expanded and that progress towards the goal of adding more than 1,200 new members by the end of the fiscal year is being made. He invited young people who want to have a positive influence on society to apply to join the force.