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Infrastructure at Police Stations to be Improved

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, is assuring that the Government will be investing in the improvement of infrastructure at police stations to create suitable working conditions for the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Addressing a speakers’ meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 6, Dr. Chang said in this regard, the “building out of the security architecture” will be reflected in the 2019/20 Budget to be tabled in Parliament on February 14.

Security forces will continue executing strategies to combat crime — Chang

KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang this morning vowed that the security forces will continue to execute strategies to combat criminal elements and maintain a strong presence in hot spots.

In a statement following the announcement of curfews in the Kingston Western and the St Andrew South Police Divisions, where the state of emergency (SOE) came to an end last night, Chang said the government and the police will do all in their power to secure communities and citizens.

2018: Security forces take Loop Ja ‘Personality of the Year’ title

As 2018 comes to a close, many Jamaicans, despite lingering concerns, are breathing a collective sigh of relief about continued reductions in serious crime figures nationally.

Police statistics have shown that from January 1 to December 15, a total of 1,234 murders were recorded across the island.

The figure represented a 22.2 per cent drop from the 1,587 murders that were recorded in 2017.

Broken down, this was 353 fewer murders year-on-year.

There were also reported significant reductions in rapes, shootings and some other more serious illegal activities.

CSJP Lauded for Gayle Multi-purpose Centre Project

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has lauded the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) for pumping over $85 million into the rehabilitation and expansion of the Gayle Multi-purpose Centre, in St Mary.

Speaking recently at the ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the project, Dr. Chang applauded the CSJP for its ongoing commitment to investing in initiatives that encourage a more peaceful and lawful society.

Spencer Announces Increased Security At Fort Augusta

Six high-risk inmates who were being housed at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre on South Camp Road in Kingston (FAACC) have been relocated to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre, with the aim of enhancing the security of the inmate population as well as staff at the facility.

This has been confirmed by Rudyard Spencer, state minister in the Ministry of National Security, who has responsibility for prisons.

National CCTV System to get additional funding for launch in February

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague says nearly three billion Jamaican dollars is needed over the next two years for the full roll out of the national Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System dubbed JamaicaEye.

Minister Montague says the islandwide system is now in its initial phase and implementation is expected to take place next month as the Ministry awaits Cabinet approval for the additional funds.

The Minister’s disclosure comes in light of the increased incidents of shooting and murders islandwide.

Ministry of National Security invests over US$90 million in border security

Over 40 Million US Dollars has been allocated to the Ministry of National Security for the purchase of six helicopters and four airplanes for the Jamaica Defence Force.

The acquisition includes three new Bell 429 helicopters for passenger, troops and medical evacuation; one new Bell 412EPI helicopter to deal with heavy cargo and troop transfer; while two used Bell 206B3 helicopters and four DA40 CS airplanes have been purchased for training.

The acquisition comes as the Ministry continues to make significant investment in  retooling and equipping the security forces.


The Passport, Citizen and Immigration Agency (PICA) has set up a drop box service at its office at 25 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew with immediate effect.

Persons seeking to renew their passports may deposit their completed forms in the kiosk provided for processing.  In addition, the agency has established a partnership with DHL Jamaica Limited to collect fees for passport renewals, as well as the delivery of the new passports throughout the island.


Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, on Thursday, December 14 presented a total of 47 men, women and children with official documents identifying them as naturalised Jamaican citizens, during the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency’s citizen swearing-in ceremony.

At the ceremony held at the Police Officer’s Club in Kingston, it was announced that the 47 were part of a total of 167 persons who had received such status – the largest number at one time.

Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC) launched

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague (right) consults with Chairman of the Programme Oversight Committee, SECURIPOC, Peter Moses

       Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague today announced the launch of the Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC) to hold himself, the Ministry, its Departments and Agencies (MDAs) accountable.

      The initiative is a step for citizens to be involved and contribute to the crafting and evaluation of implementation strategies and plans developed by the Ministry.

National Security Minister meets with US Department of Defense, discusses national strategic goals and objectives

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, Permanent Secretary, Dianne McIntosh, Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Rocky Meade and National Security Advisor, Antony Anderson today (August 3) met with fifteen US Military General Officers.

The officers, who are on an official visit to the island from August 1 to 4, are fellows in the United States Department of Defense Western Hemisphere CAPSTONE programme. The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate to the fellows how joint, interagency and multinational operations support national strategic goals and objectives.

WE TRANSFORM programme receives $7.7 million endorsement from CHASE fund

The Ministry of National Security’s We Transform Programme, launched yesterday at the Police Officer’s Club in Kingston, received a JMD$7.7 million commitment from the CHASE fund.

The Programme, launched under the theme, ‘Save a Child, Change a Nation’, is being implemented through the Department of Correctional Services in four juvenile centres for the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders.

No knee jerk reaction to crime says Security Minister

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague says the Government’s response to crime will be based on facts and firm intelligence.

“It will not be a knee jerk response. It will be deliberate, studied and targeted. The illegal gun and gunmen are our targets.”

The Minister made the statement at the United District Constables Association (UDCA) 37th Anniversary Church Service, held at the Portmore New Testament Church of God yesterday (June 18).

OAS Money Laundering Workshop

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague converses with Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Sylvain Fabi and OAS Representative in Jamaica, Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel at the Workshop on Special Investigative Techniques applied in Money Laundering Investigations

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague says the ingenuity of criminals involved in money laundering must be matched by the dedication and commitment of law enforcement personnel and prosecutors to find their ill-gotten gains, and bring them and their facilitators, particularly those who help to conceal their wealth, to justice.

Minister Montague was speaking this morning at the start of a three-day workshop on “Special Investigative Techniques applied in Money Laundering Investigations”, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

National Security Minister announces Medal of Appreciation for JCF members

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague speaking at the Jamaica Police Federation Conference held at Iberostar Hotel and Resort

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague has announced a Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who excel across three key areas; serving, protecting and reassuring.

He made the disclosure yesterday at the 74th Annual Jamaica Police Federation Conference being held at Iberostar Hotel Resort from May 10 – 11, 2017.

Forensics lab gets a boost with handing over of Bullettrax 3D system

The ballistics capacity of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine (IFSLM) today received a boost with the handing over of an IBIS Bullettrax 3D system.

The Bullettrax system, sponsored by the Canadian government and managed by the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), is to assist the Forensics Institute in capturing digital images from the surface of bullets, matching images in a database with other bullets and in the collecting of ballistic information from ammunition.

Digicel and Flow endorse Stay Alert App

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague (2nd left) and State Minister, Sen. the. Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. with Head of Product Support at FLOW, Troy Cockings (left) and Head of Digicel Business, Brian Bennett Easy at the Stay Alert App press briefing

Telecommunications providers Digicel and Flow today endorsed the Stay Alert App, introduced by the Ministry of National Security as an important technological tool in the fight against crime.

 Both companies agreed to preload the app on all devices being sold to their customers in Jamaica, and to also send text messages to existing customers encouraging them to download the app. The announcement was made at a press briefing held at the Ministry of National Security’s head office this morning.

Maritime Security Table Top Exercise

The objective of this activity is to assist in developing Jamaica’s capabilities to implement and enforce maritime safety and security legislation and to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships. Under this activity, a team of IMO staff and experts will conduct a table top exercise to determine how best to support Jamaica’s efforts to enhance its coast guard function capabilities for improved maritime security, safety and environmental responses.

Commissioner of Police Urges Officers To Build Sustainable Partnerships


Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, has reemphasized the importance of community-based initiatives as he addressed participants at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) National Symposium held at the Mico University on Saturday, June 25.