POLICE will be going after contract killers who have been approaching people in conflict and offering to take a life for as little as $15,000.
“This is something we are seeing more and more of. We now have more young men with access to high-powered weapons and ill-gotten gains from scamming. They are more than willing to kill people. Citizens who have been in conflict have been immediately approached by some of these people offering their services,” Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson told a press conference Tuesday.
“In some communities, as quickly as you and your family members have an argument about ‘dead lef’ you can expect someone to approach you and offer to deal with a thing for you,“ said Anderson.
Targeting contract killers and the people who hire them will become a big part of the murder reduction strategy of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the commissioner said, as part of a strategy to achieve a drop in murders by the end of June.
From January 1 to June 6, the police recorded 634 murders, which is 32 more than the corresponding period in 2021.
It is these contract killings, the police chief said, that have been pushing up the the country’s murder toll. In addition, he pointed to a an increase in interpersonal conflicts resulting in murders.
“In places like St Mary, murder is up. When we examine the attribution we are seeing a significant number of interpersonal conflicts representing over 50 per cent of all murders. Some of those conflicts involve a quarrel over a parking space that ended up in a murder,” the commissioner said.