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JDF Acquires New Surveillance Aircraft

The Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) aerial and maritime capabilities have been significantly boosted with the acquisition of new surveillance aircraft. The Beechcraft King Air 350 WR maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and two Bell 429 helicopters, were commissioned into service during a ceremony on Wednesday (November 14) at the Air Wing…

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CCTV Cameras Installed at Hanover Infirmary

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the Hanover Infirmary as part of safety and security enhancement measures. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the facility is the first in the island to be equipped with this technology. He informed that this has been…

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Gov’t Committed to Securing Jamaica – PM

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government remains committed to securing Jamaica and will not allow any threats to weaken the State. He noted that the security threats to Jamaica “are not simple” and the perpetrators “are not street-level criminals” but “people with significant resources [who] have…

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255 Young People Benefit from Anti-Gang Sensitisation Sessions

The Ministry of National Security has intensified its efforts to tackle youth involvement in crime with the recent staging of six anti-gang sensitisation sessions. Approximately 255 young people benefited from the sessions, which were held across the island over two weeks from October 25 to November 7. These include youth…

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Jamaica Customs Offers Clarity on the Importation of Mobile Phones

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is Jamaica’s principal border management entity, and its core mission of facilitating trade, optimising revenue collection and delivering high quality customer service, underpins the necessity for the Agency to conform to international best practices that govern Customs administrations worldwide. As a core mandate, the Agency…

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JCCF to Increase Membership to Over 10,000

The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) is aiming to increase its membership to 10,000 over the next three years. The youth-centred organisation is planning to add 50 cadet units islandwide to the existing 94 units, to continue its contribution to the holistic development of Jamaica’s youth. Speaking at a Jamaica…

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JNSC Engages Close to 1600 Candidates

The Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC) through the auspices of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), has engaged close to 1600 candidates into the training programme to date. This was disclosed by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang during his keynote address at the end of programme ceremony, for the…

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National Security Minister Lauds Jamaica Combined Cadet Force

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has lauded the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) for its commitment to providing personal development opportunities for youth. Dr. Chang said the JCCF, which has been in existence for over seven decades, remains a beacon of hope for many young Jamaicans. “You have…

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JCCF Offers Services to National Child Diversion Programme

Commandant of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), Colonel Errol V. Johnson, says the corps is willing to partner with the Ministry of Justice’s National Child Diversion Programme in keeping children away from the criminal justice system. “We believe that the JCCF activities will suit the National Child Diversion Programme…

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JCCF Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) is commemorating its 75th anniversary with the staging of several activities from November 2018 to November 2019. The year-long events will commence on Thursday, November 1, with a Reading of the Proclamation by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen at King’s…

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Special Reward for Information Relating to Crimes Against Children, Elderly

The Ministry of National Security has expanded its partnership with Crime Stop to include a special reward scheme to improve investigations of murders of the country’s most vulnerable, especially children and the elderly. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said that this added incentive is intended to encourage more persons…

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We Transform Helping Youth Offenders Beat the Odds

When then 13-year-old *Sophie was placed at the South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre for Girls for committing aggravated assault, she cried every day for weeks. The 18 months she was ordered to spend at the juvenile centre seemed like an eternity of misery, but now she is grateful…

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Review of Parole Process to be Undertaken by the Ministry of National Security

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday, October 25, 2018, chaired the monthly sitting of the National Security Council. During the deliberations of the Council, concerns were raised by the Security Forces regarding the granting of parole to offenders whose release has been assessed as being contrary to the public interest,…

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Gov’t to Recover Money for Purchase of Motor Vehicles

The Ministry of National Security has reached an agreement with used-car dealer, O’Brien's International Car Sales and Rentals Limited, to recover money paid for the purchase of motor vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 23), Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace…

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Safety and Security Key to Growth – Dr. Chang

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the island’s sustainable economic growth is heavily dependent on its safety and security. “To have sustainable economic growth, you have to have the foundation in safety, security and justice, because where there is economic activity, money is being spent, people are…

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Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch – Redefining Policing

A police officer attached to the newly established Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), directs traffic onto Constant Spring Road from West King’s House Road as he assists with clearing a traffic jam at the intersection of the thoroughfares.

It was around 9 o’clock on a Tuesday morning and traffic was gridlocked at the intersection of West King’s House Road and Constant Spring Road. Seeing the congestion first-hand, police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) quickly sprang into action,…

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Anti-Gang Law to be Reviewed

The Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, popularly called the ‘anti-gang’ legislation is to be reviewed and amended. This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on October 16. The Act makes provision for the disruption and suppression…

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