The Ministry of National Security says it has no intention of taking over Moneague College for the training of police personnel. It says however it has engaged Moneague College and three other colleges to develop a “Certificate programme in security Science.”
In a release about the proposed security programme, the Ministry said it wanted to clarify a recent Gleaner article, dated 25 June 2018, with caption, Gov’t to take over Moneague College for Police Training.
The Ministry says there is no intention to take over the Moneague College, St Ann.
Rather, Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang stated in his Sectoral Presentation, “We have engaged Moneague College to develop a Memorandum of Understanding in order to establish a faculty for advanced training for Police Officers”.
“It is against this background that the Ministry has entered into discussions with Moneague College in an effort to continue building partnerships in providing training opportunities for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the wider security sector,” the release said.
The Ministry said it recognises the value of Moneague College to the communities in the parish of St. Ann and its surroundings, and its invaluable contribution to nation building.
It said the Ministry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four tertiary institutions; the Moneague College, Montego Bay Community College, Hydel University College and the Catholic College of Mandeville, with the intention to create a special faculty for the training of potential JCF recruits in a certificate course for Fundamentals in Security Science.
This course is slated to be on stream by January 2019.