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Minister of National Security, Senator Trevor MacMillan has informed that Cabinet has given its approval for the implementation of several strategies aimed at restoring calm, particularly in volatile communities.
“The strategies that will be implemented include the intensification of methods to dismantle criminal networks; the strategic deployment of law enforcement personnel in communities which have recently come under attack by criminal elements; and the renewed focus on hot spot policing,” Senator MacMillan said.
“Several of these strategies have been in effect since Saturday and the activity will be stepped up over the coming days and weeks. The strategies will be implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) working in close collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force,” he added.
Senator MacMillan also stated that Cabinet has pledged its commitment to the provision of adequate resources to counter the upsurge in crime.
The Security Minister was speaking at the GSB Co-operative Credit Union and Jamaica Chamber of Commerce ‘Meet the Ministers’ Forum held today (June 4) at the Knutsford Court Hotel.
Senator MacMillan also added that he will actively support the work of the security forces by providing policy framework, and the implementation of strategies including the introduction of legislation, so as to help with the fight against crime and violence.
He further stated that immediately following Cabinet’s approval of the recommendations from the JCF strategic review, which is now completed, the Ministry will as a matter of policy, move to implement those recommendations that are critical to the re-organisation of the force.
The strategic review forms part of a plan to improve the operations of the nation’s police force.