Greater scrutiny for FLA and all national security agencies
GREATER SCRUTINY now applies to all government agencies that fall under the banner of national security, such as the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).
This follows yesterday’s launch of the security ministry’s, Security Programme Oversight Committee, at its head offices in St Andrew.
Commissioner of Police George Quallo and Chief Executive Officer at the FLA Shane Dalling were among the heads of agencies in attendance.
Permanent Secretary Dianne McIntosh said the alarming homicide rate was one of the determining factors leading to the committee’s existence.
“Importantly, the current crime situation has emphasised a need for us to review our current approach and strategies in confronting crime, to ensure implementation of effective and practical systems, [leading]
to the security and safety of citizens.”
According to Minister of National
Security Robert Montague, the committee will ensure that security targets are continually met.
“This committee is set up to make sure policies and targets agreed on are implemented. All agencies have their targets and work plans. They were submitted and collated, and the committee’s job is to ensure that all these targets within the national security architecture are met; it is estimated that crime costs the country five per cent of its GDP. When you work that out into real numbers, you are looking at $70 billion-plus,” Montague said.
“I dispel any thought that this is an oversight committee of the police. This is an oversight of national security,” he said.
He stressed that the new 15-member team will be responsible for ensuring whatever recommendations are made by the George Overton oversight committee are put into action.
Retired banker Peter Moses was appointed chairman of the committee, which will ensure, among other things, that the correctional services increase its farming and agricultural production by 20 per cent.
Commissioner of Police George Quallo (right) and Minister of National Security Robert Montague at the launch of the Security Oversight Committee at the Ministry of National Security in Kingston yesterday.