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Throne Speech | Enhanced Security Measures Act coming

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 11:56 AM
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The Government is to introduce an Enhanced Security Measures Act as part of its crime-fighting strategy.

Specifics of the legislation were not disclosed.

The government has indicated that it will be pursuing new security measures arising from the ending of the States of Public Emergency in St James, the St Catherine North Police Division and sections of the Corporate Area. 

In delivering the Throne Speech, Governor General Patrick Allen said the Government is committed to instituting stringent measures to disrupt criminal networks and protect the country’s borders.

Allen said the government is prepared to meet the challenges of the future by embracing technology and improving intra- and inter-cooperation and coordination.

“Addressing crime and violence is one of the most challenging tasks that require practical initiatives supported by robust legislative and policy frameworks,” Allen said.

In this regard, he said, to drive further security improvement, new legislation and/or amendments to existing legislation will be pursued, including:

•  The Police Act: This will provide for the modernisation and transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.  It is now ready for approval by Cabinet and will be tabled this year.

•  The Enhanced Security Measures Act will be developed and tabled this year.  It must be noted that this Act requires focused unity of purpose as we must speak with one voice.

•  The National Security Council Act which will introduce legislation to provide for the establishment in law of the National Security Council in law.

•  Merger of the Police Services Commission and the Police Civilian Oversight Authority to facilitate the development of one oversight body responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the Police.

•  Amendments to the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organizations) Act, which is currently before a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, will be completed.

• Regulations to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency Act are currently being prepared to give the necessary

• Amendments to the Firearms Act will be made to strengthen the legislation in keeping with international standards and obligations of the Government of Jamaica.

•  Amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act will  ensure compliance with the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce Mutual Evaluation of Jamaica, conducted in 2016; as well as to update the Act for greater effectiveness.

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