Government increasing security presence as festive season approaches

With the festive season fast approaching, the Jamaican Government has signalled its intention to increase its security presence on the ground, as the nation continues to tackle the threefold challenge of dons, gangs and guns.

 Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on patrol.
Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on patrol.

A massive security operation is to be executed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force, which includes the deployment of 400 personnel.

That was among the issues discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) held on Thursday, October 31.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness asserted that the additional security personnel should focus on restoring peace and security in communities plagued by dons and gang warfare and assist in establishing order in public spaces. 

The Council also discussed advances made in several key legislations critical to the fight against crime, including the Bail Act and the Firearms Act.