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Montague, Meade pick up crime-fix ideas in Brazil

Published:Monday | April 17, 2017 | 4:43 PM

Jason Cross, Gleaner Writer 

Minister of National Security Robert Montague and Jamaica’s Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade, returned home with new ideas on tackling crime, following their recent attendance at the Latin America and Aerospace Defense and Security Exposition (LAAD) in Brazil.

Speaking with The Gleaner last week, Montague said Jamaica will definitely begin implementing lessons learned as part of efforts to make the country a safer place.

He also highlighted his tour of Brazilian favelas and said that it was a good example of how violent communities can be reclaimed from criminals and transformed positively.

“Jamaica, indeed, will draw on those lessons, as we seek a safer and more prosperous country. Not only will Jamaica see benefits from the exposition, but also from the many bilateral conversations which took place ,” Montague said. “In addition, (there were also benefits from) our tour of the favelas to see first- hand how inner-city communities were taken from drug dealers and then better developed for the people.” 

Both Montague and Meade were invited as special guests at this year’s 11th staging of the four-day workshop, which took place April 4-7, zeroing in on business solutions which can help countries worldwide strengthen their security framework.

The areas of focus included cybersecurity and cyber defence, counterterrorism, forensic and criminal expertise, ammunition and weaponry, and armed vehicles training.

More than 600 exhibitors and in excess of 100 delegations from 85 countries participated, with the central aim of opening more doors for trade with international organisations specialising in supplying security equipment and services to government agencies, special forces and security services.

Defence ministers and high-ranking security officials from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East were also in attendance. The programme was facilitated by LAAD