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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says operations and strategies being carried out by the police and military to tackle crime will no longer be announced beforehand.
  • In the meantime, he said police officers will be outfitted with body cameras before year end.
  • “When the Ministry goes into a downtown area, it begins to bring back life and commercial activities and it begins to spread the prosperity message and open up opportunities for small businesses, and puts back life into downtown,” he said.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says operations and strategies being carried out by the police and military to tackle crime will no longer be announced beforehand.

“This Minister will not be informing the criminal elements of the strategies to catch them,” Mr. Montague emphasised.

The Minister was responding to questions posed by journalists during a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on July 7.

“If I will be condemned for it, so be it, because if I don’t catch them I am going to be condemned by the public anyway. I have a choice to make and I am making the tough choice,” Mr. Montague said.

In the meantime, he said police officers will be outfitted with body cameras before year end.

While providing limited details on the full roll-out programme, Mr. Montague said the Ministry is mindful of the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, “because it touches on that as well.”

He argued that the camera will represent “an independent witness” that will provide vital information at crime scenes.

The Minister noted the Ministry is exploring the possibility of seeking office space in downtown Kingston, and that technocrats from the Ministry have visited approximately four locations on Duke Street and surrounding areas.

“When the Ministry goes into a downtown area, it begins to bring back life and commercial activities and it begins to spread the prosperity message and open up opportunities for small businesses, and puts back life into downtown,” he said.