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Top cop in Jamaica to send more officers onto streets to fight worrying uptick in homicides

Jamaica's top cop says he will send more officers into island hot spots to combat a worrying uptick in homicides.

Police Commissioner Carl Williams said Thursday that "there are persons among us who have become killing machines."

Last year, Jamaica saw double-digit decreases in every crime category, including a 16 percent drop in homicides. The 1,005 slayings recorded last year was the lowest annual total in over a decade.

But in recent days, there has been a growing list of shooting incidents killing multiple people at a time on the island of 2.7 million people.

Williams says the full resources of the police force will be tapped to fight the upsurge in slayings.