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Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, said that some $508 million was spent on improving the technological capacity of the security forces and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) last year.
Making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday, (January 22), Senator Nelson informed that the police emergency 119 service was upgraded in December and civilians with call-centre experience were employed, trained, and appointed as district constables and assigned to man the service.
He noted that a second group is being trained and will be deployed shortly. “This will result in a more effective service and greater response to the public,” he said.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was also enhanced, with the acquisition of additional equipment. “This system will be integrated with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA),” Senator Nelson said.
He informed that over the past 12 months, the National Security Ministry spent another US$1.4 million to continue the upgrade of the wireless communication capabilities of the JCF, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the DCS.
In addition, more than US$627,000 was expended on upgrading and refurbishing the Forensic Science Laboratory.
Also last year, the Ministry spent just under $185 million on the implementation of a sophisticated Integrated Management Information System, (IMIS) for the JCF, the DCS and the courts, including the roll-out of a new Traffic Ticketing System (TTS).
Meanwhile, Senator Nelson said that the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in May Pen, Clarendon and Mandeville, Manchester, has resulted in a reduction in crimes in these towns.
“Preparations for CCTV systems for Montego Bay St. James and Ocho Rios St. Ann are in an advanced stage, while exploration of design solutions is taking place for CCTV systems for the Kingston Metropolitan Area and Portmore St. Catherine,” he informed.

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