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Government to roll out new anti-crime plan today

Faced with growing criticisms of his administration's handling of the crimewave affecting the country, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to announce a new anti-crime plan today.
 
The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a press conference at nine o'clock this morning at Jamaica House to outline the latest initiative aimed at stemming the bloodletting. This, weeks after National Security Minister Robert Montague told Parliament more plans are being made to tackle the crime monster.
 
A key part of the initiatives rolled out so far is the Zone of Special Operations - the first and so far only one was implemented in Mount Salem, St James on September one. It is scheduled to end on October 30. But it has not stemmed the murders in St James. More than 230 people have been the victim of homicide in the parish since the start of the year. It is the highest number of murders for any police division in the country
 
Curfews have also been imposed in sections of Clarendon which is another hotspot.
 
Several of the island's most wanted fugitives have either been captured or killed over the last few weeks. However, there have been growing calls for the administration to come up with a solid crime plan. 
 
The police have been grappling with a spike in shootings and murders over the last several months. Data show that 12-hundred people have been murdered in Jamaica since January 1, a 26% increase when compared with the same period a year ago. 
 
The country is now averaging four murders per day. The figures show major jumps in murders, shootings and other serious crimes in all police divisions across the island.

 



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