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New measures demonstrate Jamaican government's commitment to boost security forces' capacity, but noticeable improvement will take time

11 January 2017


Robert Montague, Jamaica's national security minister, said on 10 January that security forces will be given special attention and more resources will be allocated to western parishes including Freeport, Montego Bay in Saint James Parish, and at the old Braham Wharf in Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland Parish.

The announcement follows a series of measures by Montague on 3 January aimed at boosting the performance of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and pushing back on ongoing high levels of violent crime.

The minister identified several measures including expansion of the CCTV network and the possibility of private citizens providing their own footage to the authorities to aid in facial and vehicle recognition; training of around 40 JCF officers in dog-handling in Cuba; supplying the JCF with 200 new vehicles; and that two new Stan Patrol 4207 naval patrol vessels will be delivered to Jamaica on 21 January to replace and upgrade from vessels currently in service.

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