KINGSTON — The Government's capacity to reduce the cultivation, production and trafficking of illicit drugs is to be improved this year, with funding support from the US Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
A sum of $202 million has been allocated in the 2011/12 Estimates of Expenditure to achieve those objectives, underthe Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
The initiative also seeks to enhance the government’s capacity to disrupt and deter money laundering operations and other financial crimes; and to develop the government’s judicial capacity through special prosecutors and the establishment of a Financial Investment and Anti-Corruption Division.
Anticipated targets for 2011 to 2012 are: to provide specialised motor vehicles and ballistic vests to enhance the operational capability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force; training in the use of armoured vehicles; and training and commodity assistance to the Financial Investigation Division and the Revenue Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Additionally, training, operational and technical assistance are to be provided to the Anti-Corruption Special Prosecutor, the Contractor General, Auditor General and the Commission for Prevention of Corruption.
The initiative, which is being implemented by Ministry of National Security, starts this month and is scheduled to end March, 2014.
By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter