Chang reports significant reduction in murders, other violent crimes

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang
National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has lauded the efforts of the police in reducing the incidence of violent crimes through targeted operations. 
The National Security Minister says major crimes have been on the decline for the last eight years.
Dr Chang, making his contribution to the annual Sectoral Debate in Parliament, yesterday, sad, to date the country has recorded a 15 per cent decline in the homicide rate this year, and going back to November 2023, he said the decline was 24 per cent, measured from that month to April this year.  
He has credited a boost in the capabilities of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, through the acquisition of additional vehicles and greater use of technology, for the improvement.
"Gang wars have been significantly reduced," he said, noting that at the start of 2024 there were 244 "active" gangs, but at this point only 106 such "active gangs" have been identified. 
So far, there have been 27 convictions in five gang trials so far, he reported, with five more cases before the court, three about to go to trial, "and overall, there are 64 under active investigation."

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