St Ann police are maintaining good results from their crime-fighting strategies with serious crimes down 24 percent, between January 1 and last Friday May 4, compared to the same period last year.
Up to last week Friday, the police had reports of 94 serious crimes compared to 124 for the same period last year. Murders are down too by 22 percent with 14 recorded so far this year compared to 18 for the same period last year. Reported cases of rape are down from nine to five. However, shootings are up from 10 last year to 12 this year.
Deputy Superintendent Beris Williams told journalists yesterday (Thursday, May 10) that the police were resolute in keeping murder down this year compared to last year. He said last year May there were nine murders in St Ann and the police were committed to making sure that the numbers for this month would not reach that level. He was speaking on the sideline of the St Ann Municipal Corporation’s Monthly meeting where a visit by the Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie dominated the meeting.
The St Ann police led by SSP Michael Smith says its law and order crackdown across major towns of the parish have helped in its assault on crime.