With a little more than two months remaining in 2018, the latest crime statistics show that more than 1,000 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.
Figures show that 1,015 murders were recorded up to last Friday.
This is a 21 per cent reduction or 271 fewer than the number of homicides recorded during the same period last year.
In St. James, which had a record 365 murders in 2017, there has been a 70 per cent decline.
Some 79 murders have been committed in the parish this year, down from 238 during the same period in 2017.
St. James has also seen a decline in shootings, robberies and other major crimes.
In the St. Catherine North Police Division, which remains under a State of Public Emergency, there has been a 27 per cent reduction in murders, shootings and other major crimes.
Westmoreland, Clarendon and the St. Andrew South police divisions have each recorded more than 100 murders.
Six hundred illegal guns and almost 10,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by the security forces since January.