PREPARE TO ROT IN JAIL ... Montague sounds warning to criminals

May 09, 2017
Minister of National Security Robert Montague

"If you decide to be a thief, rapist or ‘gangsta’, also decide to rot in jail." That is the word from national security minister Robert Montague.

The minister, who was addressing the annual Joint Police Central Conference today, said law enforcement officers will be relentless in its fight against criminals.

"This conference is being held at a critical time in the life of our country, as we seek to decisively address the challenge of crime and violence that has plagued our country for decades. As members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force you are in the forefront of this fight, and I want to commend you for your commitment and dedication to the task of building a safer Jamaica.

Four members of the police force, Constable Shawn Stephens, Detective Sergeant Dale Thompson, Sergeant Neville Bryan, and Constable Leighton Hanson have been murdered this year. For Montague, the killing of police officers must be condemned. 

A crime scene investigator take photos at the scene on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew where Constable Leighton Hanson was murdered on April 28.

"I assure you, their families, and the Jamaican public, that no effort will be spared in bringing the persons who committed these evil acts to justice. They will face the full consequences of their actions under the law. They can run but they cannot hide," Montague said.

The minister pledged that those who attack members of the armed forces will be brought to justice.

"We are going to hunt them down. We are going to build a case and we will not rest. We must be relentless in going after them! So, if you shoot police, don’t sleep, we are coming. If you shoot people, run ‘weh’ but it is not going to help. We are going to find you," Montague said.