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St. Catherine North division records decline in major crimes

Deputy Superintendent Paul Bernard, Commanding Officer for Zone 1 in the St. Catherine North police division
By Nakinskie Robinson  
 
The St. Catherine North Police Division is seeing a decline in major crimes for 2024.
 
Thirty-seven murders have so far been recorded, down from the 48 recorded over the corresponding period last year.
 
Deputy Superintendent Paul Bernard, Commanding Officer for Zone 1 in the St. Catherine North police division, while highlighting that reduction, conceded that far too many lives were lost despite the dip.
 
He also noted that there have been significant reductions in rapes and robberies. 
 
There were nine cases of rape, compared to 17 over the corresponding period last year. Robberies declined to 10 from 21 cases this time last year.
 
Similar to last year, there have been 23 shootings. 
 
DSP Bernard said the majority of serious crimes are committed in Zone 2.
 
He said 60 per cent of murders have been committed in rural areas such as Linstead, Bog Walk, Ewarton, and Guy's Hill. 
 
"When your rural areas are no longer safe as than they were two-three years ago, it's really cause for concern," he lamented. 
 
DSP Bernard was speaking during a St. Catherine Municipal Corporation meeting on Thursday.
 


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