Holness, who was speaking here recently, said his government is committed to bringing crime under control without making a trade-off in relation to human rights. However, he said as his country moves to deal with the situation, it has had to deploy emergency measures in the form of a declaration of a state of public emergency.
Holness promised his audience that the next time he addresses them “the next statistic I will put out regarding our crime situation will be a phenomenal reduction in murders in our country.”
Last year, 1,287 murders were committed in Jamaica. Up to April this year, the figure stood at 406.