AUDIO: Montague says when the State is threatened it must respond likewise
The National Security Minister, Robert Montague says the security forces appear to be frustrated because of the oversight body, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
But according to Montague, the security forces have to respond to the crime challenges.
"I am one who is a supporter of INDECOM, I am one who believes that we still can work harder to get the police fatal shootings down, but there comes a time when the circumstances dictate: when the State is threatened, the State has to respond in like manner."
He says the matter was brought into focus last night as he gave a motivational talk to a group of soldiers heading to St. James to help contain crime there.
He says a young solider expressed fear that if he should take on a gunman who threatens him with a weapon he will have to face INDECOM with attorneys for up to four years.
He was speaking at the official handing over of a Cessna 150 aeroplane to the Cadet Force at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome, this morning.
The police and military have sent in additional personnel into Montego Bay to respond to a flare in violence that resulted in the shooting of 11 people and the murder of five others this week.