Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reported a 35 per cent reduction in murders in Westmoreland, Hanover and St. James since the imposition of the state of emergency (SOE).
Mr. Holness provided an update in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, while moving a motion for an extension of the State of Emergency in those three parishes as well as Clarendon and St. Catherine.
He said murders in St. James declined by five per cent, moving to 61 in the period of the state of emergency, from 64 in the similar period last year. Shootings declined by 13 per cent in the parish, reaching 53, compared to 61 in the same period last year.
The State of Emergency in Westmoreland, Hanover and St James will expire on October 28.
Mr. Holness said there have also been reductions in crime in St. Catherine and Clarendon, which have been under a state of emergency for 34 days.
Murders and shooting have gone down by 62 and 70 per cent respectively, he reported.
St. Andrew South
In the meantime, business hours are to be extended under the state of emergency in the St. Andrew South police division.
Mr. Holness said it will be brought in line with closing times in other areas where there is a state of emergency.
All businesses are now allowed to close at 11 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. in the other areas under states of emergency.