Security Ministry beefs up capacity to police territorial waters

June 25, 2020

The Ministry of National Security has acquired four additional offshore patrol vehicles, and two maritime aircrafts, to aid in improving border security, reducing transnational crimes, and providing support to other Small Island Developing States.

This was revealed by Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who noted that the capacity of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard to patrol territorial waters, and disrupt the drugs for guns, and food for guns trade, has been strengthened.

 “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,” Minister Chang said, while maintaining that more of these vehicles are needed to enhance 24/7 monitoring of Jamaican coasts.

Minister Chang said 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.

He however, lauded the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA), and the inaugural research symposium for addressing these 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.”

The Minister said the CMA, an academic arm of the Jamaica Defence Force (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.

The Minister was delivering his keynote address earlier today, at a two-day virtual symposium organised by the Jamaica defence Force and the Ministry of National Security entitled Resilient Policies for National Development.  

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