Jamaica's crime statistics less accessible under new directive
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's police department has barred its
public relations unit from releasing crime statistics to journalists, a
change that comes as the Caribbean nation grapples with violent crime.
The police statistics department will instead release the statistics each
said police spokeswoman Sgt. Sonia James. No one could be reached for
comment Sunday in the statistics unit.
Through Friday, 410 people had been killed so far in this Caribbean nation
2.6 million people -- 94 of them in May alone.
James said she couldn't confirm why the directive was given Friday, nor
she say whether it came from the police commissioner's office.
The Gleaner newspaper reported that journalists seeking current information
would have to submit written requests.
Jamaica has persistently had one the world's highest murder rates, much
related to violent gangs with ties to political parties that control large parts of
Kingston, the capital.
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