August 18, 2022

Jamaica: Gov’t to make further investments in national security — Holness

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From Jamaica Observer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Lathbury Barracks at Up Park Camp, St Andrew April 26. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte; National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang; and Opposition Spokesperson on National Security, Fitz Jackson. 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that increased investments will be made to improve national security.

Speaking on Friday at the opening of the new Lathbury Barracks Offices and Accommodation at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Up Park Camp, Holness said the Government is recalibrating its efforts to restore order by making the necessary improvements.

Against this background of “clear and present threats” affecting the country, the prime minister highlighted that 28 per cent of the total capital budget has been allocated to national security.

“The unconventional threats that we face — that is taking the lives of our citizens; increasing number of gangs, dons and guns — that is what we must now recalibrate our civil defence and national security assets to tackle, and that is what the Government has been doing and that is what I want to convey to the leaders, the strategic thinkers of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) that this is now your new mission because this is now the clear and present danger to our society and the government will make the investment to support you in doing this”, said Holness.

In that regard, he said the JDF is a critical tool in dealing with the unconventional threats to national security.

Holness also lauded the men and women of the JDF for their selfless and effective discharge of duties during the states of public emergency and also noted that the country is proud of their efforts.

He reiterated that further investments will be made in the country’s security services and the public will reap the dividends of those investments.

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