A total of six means of transport has been acquired by the Ministry of National Security for its security implementation agencies.
Acquired are four additional offshore patrol vehicles and two maritime aircraft which will assist with improving border security, reducing transnational crimes, and providing support to other small island developing states.
Security Minister Dr Horace Chang made the announcement while addressing a two-day virtual symposium yesterday, June 25 which was organized by the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and the Ministry entitled, ‘Resilient Policies for National Development’.
Saying that the capacity of the JDF Coast Guard to patrol territorial waters and disrupt the drugs for guns and food for guns trade has been strengthened.
In a statement he said “with an increased capacity to police territorial waters, Jamaica will be in a better position to turn its attention more aggressively towards developing its blue economy, which is critical to economic resilience,” and noted that due to Jamaica’s geographic position, which facilitates trade, logistics, maritime transport, and connectivity, the island is confronted by security risks that require bilateral and regional cooperation.
Chang also commended the work done by Caribbean Military Academy and the inaugural research symposium for addressing the risks and for providing “a timely, necessary, and welcomed response to the changing security landscape, even as we build a more secure, more resilient country and Caribbean region”.
He went on to say the academy which is the academic arm of the JDF provides training of the highest quality, taking into account cultural norms, contributing “gold standards for military training in the Caribbean, while seeking to bring a greater level of strategic thinking into our security architecture.”
More details to come regarding bilateral and regional understanding.