New crime mea­sures an­nounced

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Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague has an­nounced mea­sures to com­bat crime and vi­o­lence and to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) for 2017.

Speak­ing at the JCF’s an­nual devo­tional ex­er­cise at the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice, Old Hope Road, Mon­tague in­formed that among the mea­sures will be the split­ting of the St James Po­lice Di­vi­sion “to bring to bear more re­sources on the prob­lems” in the parish.

He fur­ther an­nounced the ar­rival of two naval ships on Jan­uary 21 from the Nether­lands for the Coast Guard to pa­trol the seas and se­cure the na­tion’s bor­ders.

A sur­veil­lance plane will also ar­rive l ater this year, which will at­tempt to pre­vent the traf­fick­ing of il­le­gal guns and am­mu­ni­tion.

Mon­tague noted that 40 rankand-file mem­bers of the JCF will be trav­el­ling to Cuba for train­ing with dogs that have been ac­quired.

He also pointed out that 200 more ve­hi­cles will be added to the JCF fleet in or­der to en­able ev­ery po­lice sta­tion to re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately to var­i­ous oc­cur­rences.

CCTV CAM­ERAS

“We’re go­ing to be ex­pand­ing the closed- cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) net­work. We have four towns with CCTV cam­eras and we’ll be ex­pand­ing this into New Kingston,” he said.

Mon­taque said per­sons with CCTV will also be able to send their footage to the po­lice.

“We’re go­ing to do fa­cial recog­ni­tion, geo-fenc­ing and li­cence-plate read­ing. We’re go­ing to be in­vest­ing heav­ily in the in­tel­li­gence net­work to lead the op­er­a­tions of the force,” he added.

Re­gard­ing leg­is­la­tion, he noted that sev­eral changes were com­ing to the Bail, Firearm and Fin­ger­print acts.

At­ten­tion is also to be given to prae­dial lar­ceny, and motorcyclist hel­mets will be re­quired to bear a reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Mayor of Port An­to­nio, Coun­cil­lor Paul Thomp­son (left), lis­tens while se­nior com­pli­ance of­fi­cer with the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity, Phillip Mor­gan, makes a point dur­ing a tour of busi­nesses in the town yes­ter­day.

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