Jamaica’s security forces to increase presence for Yuletide season

The security forces will step up their presence on the streets of Jamaica in the next eight weeks in an effort to maintain law and order during the Yuletide season.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (centre), addresses a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday (November 7). Others (from left) are: Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade; and Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson. (Photo: Michael Sloley/JIS)

Details of new measures being implemented were outlined at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday. It involved Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang; Police Commissioner, Major General Anthony Anderson; and Jamaica Defence Force Lieutenant General Rocky Meade.

According to Anderson, police divisional heads have been advised what they are expected to do during the holiday period. He said they have gotten mandates on gangs, guns and criminal leaders like dons.

Meade said that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) would provide support to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in crime-prone areas across the island to maintain high mobile and visible presence.

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Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (Photo: JDFWeb)

One of the measures outlined will be covert operations to stop thieves who operate on motorcycles and grab phones and other property from pedestrians and individuals inside motor vehicles.

Anderson said this has already started, but will be increased for the holiday season. He, however, said that it is hard to apprehend these criminals on the motorcycles.