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Police Oversight Body coming back

Police Oversight Body coming back

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Amidst concerns about allegations of police brutality, the Police Oversight Body will be reconstituted, under the chairmanship of Methodist minister Rev Victor Job.{{more}}

As he addressed the issue of crime during his budget debate wrap up last Friday, December 5, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that he has asked former police officer Charles James and Attorney Ronald Jack along with Rev Job to reconstitute the body that had gone dormant.

As he addressed the issue of crime, Dr Gonsalves pointed to the statistics which show that crime on a whole has been on a downward trend over the last few years, while murders in particular have been on a sea-saw trend.

In 1998 there were 27 murders, while there were only 12 in 1999. In 2000 the number ballooned to 21 and dropped again in 2001 to 12. 2002 and 2003 saw 20 and 12 murders respectively.

Then came 2004 and 2005, which reported almost equally high numbers of murders of 27 and 26 respectively, but then in 2006 the number dipped to 13.

There were 36 murders last year and the Wednesday, December 3 shooting death of Shereen Clouden, 22, at Ottley Hall carried this year’s number to 26.

Dr Gonsalves said that his government has been putting the necessary systems in place to deal with crime but the issue of crime is “much more complex” than what systems a government does or does not put in place. (KJ)

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