Prime Minister Andrew Holness is stating that the national crime plan continues to shape the island as the government tackles major organised crimes and criminal elements.
Holness, who is also Minister of Defence made the declaration on Wednesday, November 14, as the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) received surveillance aircraft for the Air Wing’s new base in Kingston.
The JDF commissioned a state-of-the-art hangar, King Air 350 aircraft and two of nine Bell 429 Helicopters, which will be used for border patrol, search and rescue efforts as well as overall maritime security.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony for the Manley Base, Prime Minister Holness said the acquisition of the fleet of aircraft for the JDF is historic and a demonstrable step that the Government is securing Jamaica’s future for present and generations to come.
According to him, the link between national security and economic development is “inextricable”, and he used the opportunity to assure Jamaicans that there is a crime plan in place and the results of which will be felt by every man, woman and child.
“There is a plan to secure Jamaica, regardless of what anyone says. What is clear, day by day, is that the plan is unfolding, and you are seeing more than just the unfolding. You are seeing results. The Government continues to be strategic with its intent,” said Holness.
Prime Minister Holness contended that the Government will not allow any threats to weaken the state.