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Security capabilities in three resort areas are to be enhanced through a $24 million allocation from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for the provision of essential policing equipment and services.
Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Minister, Aloun Ndombet Assamba and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Gilbert Scott, on Friday (Nov.10) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the initiative, which will be undertaken under the Resort Security Programme.
Of the $24 million allocated, some $13 million will go towards the establishment of a mobile police station equipped with communication devices, while $8.9 million will fund the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 14 strategic locations along the Montego Bay ‘Hip Strip’, Ocho Rios and on Knutsford Boulevard in Kingston. The remainder would facilitate other security measures that the police will undertake.
Minister Assamba, in her remarks at the signing ceremony held at her New Kingston office, explained that the mobile police station would be “a vehicle equipped with the essential equipment for effective policing of the resort towns,” and would “improve police mobility in monitoring, analyzing and responding to enquiries and reports of crime.” She pointed out that although the MOU was focused on the three resort areas, it “complements a comprehensive and coordinated programme of activities being undertaken by the Ministry of National Security across the island.” She noted that the MOU highlighted the contribution of her Ministry and the TEF “towards a partnership of police, government and the community, which is expected to reap benefits in reducing crime, reducing fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in Jamaican communities.”
Mr. Scott, in his remarks, noted that the agreement allowed for “the bringing together in active collaboration, partners and stakeholders in the interest of the national security of all of Jamaica.” He added that the contribution from the TEF “helps the Ministry of National Security to enhance the work of the police in protecting Jamaicans and visitors to Jamaica.”

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