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The increase in gang-related crimes being committed by young men, is receiving special attention by the Ministry of National Security.
Addressing a graduation ceremony for 58 participants, at the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre, at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on November 13, Minister of National Security, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, said that 80 per cent of all crimes was committed by gangs, and that 80 per cent of the persons committing the offences are young men between 15 and 25 years of age.
“One of the big problems we have in this country is what to do with young men and I can assure you that a lot of thought is taking place,” Senator MacMillan said.
The graduates participated in a course on: Techniques of Financial Investigation.
Senator MacMillan said the rebuilding of organisations, such as the Cadet Corps, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, was also engaging the attention of the Minister of Education.
“If we don’t look after those young men and take them off the corners, it is going to get worse,” he added.
Senator MacMillan urged the participants to be on the lookout for new trends in the drug industry, and to share the information with their colleagues in similar agencies.
“When you pick up on anything new, don’t take it for granted that your colleagues have already caught on. Share your observations with colleagues in other agencies. This helps us to spot linkages and to develop a complete picture,” he said.
He said that information sharing could now be done through two regional facilities, the Joint Regional Communications Centre and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre.
The two-week training course was attended by personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Customs, Defence Forces and Financial Investigation units across the English-speaking Caribbean.