The targeted areas are sections of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, Clarendon, St Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew. These areas will see a large deployment of soldiers and police over the coming days and weeks, conducting targeted raids, vehicle check points, aerial operations, patrols, cordon and searches, snap raids and curfews, in the pursuit of wanted men and high violence producers.
Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), says that the operations are aimed at reducing the level of murder and violent crimes heading into the festive season and breaking and dismantling the gangs and gang activity that have persisted in these communities.
“The JDF has committed all available resources and personnel to the fight as we put our support behind the police who are leading the operations”, says Maj Jarrett, “and we are calling on law abiding citizens to play their part by calling the various dedicated Tip Lines to give information on known criminal activity.”
The JDF is urging persons to call the JDF Tip Line number at 876-837-8888 to give information on known criminal activity.
In the meantime, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says there has been a 21.7 per cent decrease in murders islandwide for the period January 1 to December 1, 2018.
The JCF's periodic serious and violent crimes review says there were 1,073 shootings, compared to 1,365 over the same period last year, a reduction of 21.4 per cent.
Rape was also down 12.2 per cent with 402 reported this year compared to 458 for the same period last year, while the crime of aggravated assault saw a decrease of 11.8 per cent with 343 cases reported this year compared to 389 for the same period in 2017.
The recorded data also indicated 12.6% decrease in robbery and a 5.1% decrease in break-ins, however, larceny saw an increase of 5.3% with 140 reported cases this year compared to 133 last year.
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