Facilities at Canine Division Being Refurbished

Photo: Michael Sloley Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague (right), addresses a press conference at the Police Commissioner’s Office on Old Hope Road in Kingston on December 19. At left is Commissioner of Police, George Quallo.

Story Highlights

  • The Ministry of National Security is spending $11.7 million to refurbish facilities at the Canine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
  • Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner on December 19, Mr. Montague said the dogs have been properly vaccinated, but are currently being quarantined.
  • In the meantime, Mr. Montague said 833 illegal guns have been seized by the police since the start of the year.

The Ministry of National Security is spending $11.7 million to refurbish facilities at the Canine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner on December 19, Mr. Montague said the dogs have been properly vaccinated, but are currently being quarantined.

He noted that an additional seven dogs that can detect firearms have also been bought and are currently in Florida, United States, where they are being trained.

In the meantime, Mr. Montague said 833 illegal guns have been seized by the police since the start of the year.

The Minister pointed out that over 700 of these guns do not have a ballistic history in Jamaica, “signifying that they are new weapons that entered the country”.

“We are working on many fronts to confront this monster; therefore, we are introducing more dogs, more technology and more resources,” he said.

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