Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government remains committed to restoring public order, reducing criminal violence, and eliminating endemic corruption.
“Those are priorities and we will continue to invest in the security forces,” Dr. Chang declared, during a virtual press conference earlier today.
He said despite the damage to the economy caused by COVID-19, the Government will not detract from doing what is necessary for the safety and security of Jamaicans.
“We are unwavering in our commitment to substantial and sustained improvement in security, an unrelenting drive to eradicate corruption, and bold and decisive action to finally deal with social exclusion,” he added.
The Minister pointed out that the Government is taking the required action in order to see an improvement in security.
He said that improvements were undertaken in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which have resulted in enhanced investigations and response times.
“We are increasing their capacity through technology and the acquisition of modern, fit-for-purpose vehicles with direct electronic link to the police database,” he pointed out.
The Minister noted too that efforts are being made to renovate and rebuild police stations as well as improve working conditions for members of the security forces.
He said that 30 technology projects are in train, institutional reorganisation under way, and improved and specialised training as well as improved telecommunications across divisions.
The undertakings fall under Plan Secure Jamaica, which focuses on 10 strategic subject areas covering safety, security, justice as well as economic, environmental and cyber resilience.