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JAMAICA | Opposition says murders increased since ZOSO declaration

Featured Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says murders have increased since the implementation of the Zone of Special Operation. Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says murders have increased since the implementation of the Zone of Special Operation.
KINGSTON, September 12, 2017 - Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips says Jamaica’s murder rate has gone up since the implementation of the first zone of special operation (ZOSO) in Mount Salem, St James almost two weeks ago.(ZOSO) on September 1.

Phillips told the House of Representatives that with the resources concentrated in Mount Salem, where he feels they are not needed, criminals are operating more freely in other areas.

He said since the start of this month some 54 murders have been committed.

The Opposition Leader told Parliament that  since the ZOSO declaration, the average number of murders per day is 5.5  up from 4.4.

He said it was clear that the zone of special operations was not helping to reduce Jamaica's murder rate.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness in responding to Phillips, said one zone was not expected to make a huge impact and that others would soon be declared in addition to other measures.

The declaration of Mount Salem as to first Zone of Special Operation by Prime Minister Holness has come in for severe criticism after it was revealed that the police provided flawed statistics that were used to justify naming the St James community as the first special zone.

The police had indicated that 54 murders were recorded in Mount Salem. However, the National Security Council last week admitted that it gave the wrong murder figure and the Jamaica Constabulary Force later revealed that its review of murder statistics for Mount Salem found that only seven homicides had taken place in the community since the start of the year and not the 54 it originally reported.

 

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