The has been 12 murdered recorded in the six days Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has been outside the country for discussions with various police units.
According to figures, Newsday was told between January 1 to 15, there has been 13 murders. Griffith left on January 15, and between that time and Sunday, 17 people were killed, including two women.
This represents an average of three murders per day, compared to the one murder per day rate between January 1 to 15.
Griffith is monitoring this development from London, and on his return will be meeting with all Divisional Commanders to ensure the mechanisms used during the first 15 days of the month be doubled to deal head-on with the escalating murder toll.