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January 14, 2013
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New initiatives cause of increased police shootings

The Police High Command has attributed the alarming number of police shootings within only the first two weeks of 2013 to increased contact with criminals who continue to attack cops without provocation.

In a release sent to THE STAR, the cops also explained that the introduction of new intelligence-oriented policing initiatives such as Operation Blue Storm have increased encounters with criminals.

The cops say the initiatives have been implemented to curb the movement of armed criminals and the violence they produce, and to prevent a repeat of the spike in murders experienced this time last year.

Notwithstanding public outcry at the number of fatalities, the police have released statistics that suggest their engagements have produced encouraging results.

It has been reported that since the start of 2013, the country has recorded a 46 per cent decrease in murders (50 in 2012, 27 in 2013) and a 33 per cent decline in shootings (48 in 2012 - 28 in 2013).

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Additionally, in 2013, 27 persons have been arrested with evidence compared with seven in 2012 while 27 illegal guns have been taken off the streets in 2013 compared with 12 in 2012.

Nevertheless, the cops say they sincerely regret all instances of injury and loss of life that occur during confrontations with the police.

They wish to assure the public that in all incidents of police fatal shootings, the police cooperate fully with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

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