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  • Cabinet has approved further amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act to take the profit out of crime.
  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on September 28.

Cabinet has approved further amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act to take the profit out of crime.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on September 28.

“We look forward to the full support of both Houses of Parliament, and we will further move to add praedial larceny under that Act,” he said.

In addition, Mr. Montague said a comprehensive review of the 1867 Constabulary Force Act is under way, in keeping with the efforts to modernise the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The Minister noted that the changes seek to reflect the JCF as a “citizen safety and peacekeeping force as against a militia force that is embodied in the current legislation”.

Other pieces of legislation being looked at include the recently tabled Road Traffic Act, the Noise Abatement Act and the Offensive Weapons Act.

“We will shortly bring to the House more legislative measures targeting crimes committed with the gun. We seek the support of both sides with this legislative programme,” the Security Minister said.

“We must clearly, as a nation, let all know that gun crimes will be dealt with harshly,” Mr. Montague added.