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Young Persons at South Camp Juvenile Centre Complete Empowerment Programme

As part of their rehabilitation process, young persons at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre in Kingston have completed a six-week summer empowerment programme.

The initiative, which was spearheaded through the ‘We Transform’ Programme, involved sessions facilitated by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and activities at the recent children’s expo, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

Over 120 Juveniles Participate In Fun, Sports Day To Aid Transformation

Over 120 children from four juvenile facilities across the island yesterday participated in the second staging of the Ministry of National Security’s ‘We Transform’ Sports and Fun Day at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Catherine.

The event was geared towards promoting a healthy lifestyle, through involvement in physical activities, which foster teamwork, inclusivity, discipline and respect.

Security Minister Says Communities Must Partner with Police to Fight Crime

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has emphasised that solving crime is not just the duty of the Ministry and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), but also the responsibility of  communities, working in partnership with the Police.

Addressing the quarterly luncheon of the Jamaica All Island Chambers of Commerce, in Clarendon, on August 17, the Minister said with the heavily funded and technologically enhanced modern criminal networks operating, policing methods must also be enhanced.

PM Declares SOE In St Andrew South Police Division

Prime Minister Andrew Holness today announced that a state of emergency has been declared in the police division of St Andrew South.

Holness said he advised the Governor General on the recommendation given to him by the heads of the security forces.

"In St Andrew South the main cause of death is caused by gangs," Holness said this morning with Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson and the Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade standing by his side.

Government to boost monitoring of communication by criminals

The Jamaican Government is moving to boost the capacity of  the security forces to monitor communication by criminals.

The was revealed by National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang at a news conference on Sunday, hen he outlined legislative measures to be pursued to enhance the government's crime fighting capacity.  

He noted that review of  the anti-gang legislation is near completion, with important amendments being examined, but asserted that the government will not only be relying on that law to suppress gang activities.

167 DCS recruits graduate from Staff College in Runaway Bay

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of National Security says it continues to place emphasis on capacity building of the security force with the graduation of 167 Department of Correctional Services (DCS) recruits from the Carl Rattray Staff College in Runaway Bay, St Ann yesterday.

The graduates included 23 Probation Aftercare Officers (19 females and four males) and 144 Correctional Officers (125 males and 19 females) and represented the 77th intake of correctional officers.

National Security Ministry and HOPE Partnering to Transform Youth Offenders

The Ministry of National Security will be partnering with the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme to provide jobs for at-risk youth.

The collaboration will be facilitated under the Ministry’s flagship ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment Initiative, which was launched in 2017.

Minister of State, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said the partnership is strategic and timely, and reflects the Government’s commitment to transform the lives of the offenders.

National Security Ministry and HOPE Partnering to Transform Youth Offenders

The Ministry of National Security will be partnering with the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme to provide jobs for at-risk youth.

The collaboration will be facilitated under the Ministry’s flagship ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment Initiative, which was launched in 2017.

Minister of State, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said the partnership is strategic and timely, and reflects the Government’s commitment to transform the lives of the offenders.

Infrastructure at Police Stations to be Improved

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, is assuring that the Government will be investing in the improvement of infrastructure at police stations to create suitable working conditions for the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Addressing a speakers’ meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 6, Dr. Chang said in this regard, the “building out of the security architecture” will be reflected in the 2019/20 Budget to be tabled in Parliament on February 14.

Security forces will continue executing strategies to combat crime — Chang

KINGSTON, Jamaica — National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang this morning vowed that the security forces will continue to execute strategies to combat criminal elements and maintain a strong presence in hot spots.

In a statement following the announcement of curfews in the Kingston Western and the St Andrew South Police Divisions, where the state of emergency (SOE) came to an end last night, Chang said the government and the police will do all in their power to secure communities and citizens.

2018: Security forces take Loop Ja ‘Personality of the Year’ title

As 2018 comes to a close, many Jamaicans, despite lingering concerns, are breathing a collective sigh of relief about continued reductions in serious crime figures nationally.

Police statistics have shown that from January 1 to December 15, a total of 1,234 murders were recorded across the island.

The figure represented a 22.2 per cent drop from the 1,587 murders that were recorded in 2017.

Broken down, this was 353 fewer murders year-on-year.

There were also reported significant reductions in rapes, shootings and some other more serious illegal activities.

CSJP Lauded for Gayle Multi-purpose Centre Project

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has lauded the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) for pumping over $85 million into the rehabilitation and expansion of the Gayle Multi-purpose Centre, in St Mary.

Speaking recently at the ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the project, Dr. Chang applauded the CSJP for its ongoing commitment to investing in initiatives that encourage a more peaceful and lawful society.

Spencer Announces Increased Security At Fort Augusta

Six high-risk inmates who were being housed at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre on South Camp Road in Kingston (FAACC) have been relocated to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre, with the aim of enhancing the security of the inmate population as well as staff at the facility.

This has been confirmed by Rudyard Spencer, state minister in the Ministry of National Security, who has responsibility for prisons.

National CCTV System to get additional funding for launch in February

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague says nearly three billion Jamaican dollars is needed over the next two years for the full roll out of the national Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System dubbed JamaicaEye.

Minister Montague says the islandwide system is now in its initial phase and implementation is expected to take place next month as the Ministry awaits Cabinet approval for the additional funds.

The Minister’s disclosure comes in light of the increased incidents of shooting and murders islandwide.

Ministry of National Security invests over US$90 million in border security

Over 40 Million US Dollars has been allocated to the Ministry of National Security for the purchase of six helicopters and four airplanes for the Jamaica Defence Force.

The acquisition includes three new Bell 429 helicopters for passenger, troops and medical evacuation; one new Bell 412EPI helicopter to deal with heavy cargo and troop transfer; while two used Bell 206B3 helicopters and four DA40 CS airplanes have been purchased for training.

The acquisition comes as the Ministry continues to make significant investment in  retooling and equipping the security forces.


The Passport, Citizen and Immigration Agency (PICA) has set up a drop box service at its office at 25 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew with immediate effect.

Persons seeking to renew their passports may deposit their completed forms in the kiosk provided for processing.  In addition, the agency has established a partnership with DHL Jamaica Limited to collect fees for passport renewals, as well as the delivery of the new passports throughout the island.


Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, on Thursday, December 14 presented a total of 47 men, women and children with official documents identifying them as naturalised Jamaican citizens, during the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency’s citizen swearing-in ceremony.

At the ceremony held at the Police Officer’s Club in Kingston, it was announced that the 47 were part of a total of 167 persons who had received such status – the largest number at one time.

Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC) launched

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague (right) consults with Chairman of the Programme Oversight Committee, SECURIPOC, Peter Moses

       Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague today announced the launch of the Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC) to hold himself, the Ministry, its Departments and Agencies (MDAs) accountable.

      The initiative is a step for citizens to be involved and contribute to the crafting and evaluation of implementation strategies and plans developed by the Ministry.

National Security Minister meets with US Department of Defense, discusses national strategic goals and objectives

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, Permanent Secretary, Dianne McIntosh, Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Rocky Meade and National Security Advisor, Antony Anderson today (August 3) met with fifteen US Military General Officers.

The officers, who are on an official visit to the island from August 1 to 4, are fellows in the United States Department of Defense Western Hemisphere CAPSTONE programme. The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate to the fellows how joint, interagency and multinational operations support national strategic goals and objectives.

WE TRANSFORM programme receives $7.7 million endorsement from CHASE fund

The Ministry of National Security’s We Transform Programme, launched yesterday at the Police Officer’s Club in Kingston, received a JMD$7.7 million commitment from the CHASE fund.

The Programme, launched under the theme, ‘Save a Child, Change a Nation’, is being implemented through the Department of Correctional Services in four juvenile centres for the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders.

No knee jerk reaction to crime says Security Minister

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague says the Government’s response to crime will be based on facts and firm intelligence.

“It will not be a knee jerk response. It will be deliberate, studied and targeted. The illegal gun and gunmen are our targets.”

The Minister made the statement at the United District Constables Association (UDCA) 37th Anniversary Church Service, held at the Portmore New Testament Church of God yesterday (June 18).