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Montague has done lots for police

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

As critical as we are, sometimes we forget that our political representatives are human, just like us. They, too, are prone to err from time to time. Following Tuesday's presentation by an obviously emotional minister of national security, Robert Montague, I've come to the conclusion that we have certainly forgotten that he, too, is a human being who feels, and grows, tired.

The latest uproar over the failure of a contractor to supply requested vehicles in a timely manner has again put a damper on the minister's spirit. Calls from the Opposition for his resignation from the post are unwarranted.

How quickly we forget that the police are now more mobile than they have ever been? At the end of 2012, the police had 257 cars, and by the end of Christmas, they will have 393 vehicles, excluding the 66 units still on the wharf. Under Montague's administration, the Ministry of National Security has profited tremendously from two separate amnesties at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) and the Traffic Division. These funds have been earmarked to modernise the FLA and upgrade the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division.

The minister has not only secured promotions for deserving officers of the force - this, too, brought cries for his resignation - but has also expanded the training capacity of the force. The ministry has invested heavily in using technology to combat crime with the Stay Alert app, CCTV, and the QR code for beat and foot patrol.

All this progress just a year and a half into his administration, yet not an accolade, a thank you, or a 'well done, Minister!' in sight. Instead, we insist on nailing this man to the cross for every presumed indiscretion.


Mandeville, Manchester