Gov’t Will Continue to Equip JCF with Crime-Fighting Technology
Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Ministry will continue to enhance the technological capabilities of the police.
He said plans are afoot to integrate mobile applications, closed-circuit television (CCTV) technology, geographic information system (GIS) and digital records into strategic operational responses in order to strengthen the capacity of the police to deal with modern crimes.
He was speaking during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12.
As it relates to measures to improve force mobility, the National Security Minister told the House that $1.1 billion has been allocated for the acquisition of specialised vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
He noted that last year, approximately $494 million was expended for the purchase of vehicles, many of which were pre-owned, to enhance the operational logistical capabilities of the force and aid in crime-fighting efforts.
“Moving forward, the policy is to acquire new vehicles. I have been in discussions with the Commissioner of Police, who will be exploring the idea of procuring custom-built vehicles…, which are in line with 21st century policing,” he pointed out.
Dr. Chang told the House that the Government is committed to transforming the police force to include improvement in the establishment structure; acquisition of appropriate technology and equipment; establishment of specialised services, among others.
“We intend for the JCF to become a career of choice for the many rather than the few,” he said.