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New Security Minister to be sworn in

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2008 | 12:29 PM

Colonel Trevor MacMillan is to be sworn in as a government senator and National Security Minister today.



He is to be sworn in at Kings House in a ceremony this morning.



The way was made clear for Colonel MacMillan’s appointment to the senate by the resignation of senator Ian Murray.



The colonel will be taking over the national security portfolio from Derrick Smith, who has been reassigned the mining and telecommunications portfolios.



This means Clive Mullings has been left with only the energy portfolio.



It is unclear what will happen with Colonel MacMillan’s current position as a special advisor to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.



Colonel MacMillan’s appointment was announced by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding yesterday just days after the government outlined new measures to tackle the country’s crime problems.



He comes to the post having served as Police Commissioner from 1993 to 1996.



The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) also called him upon, while it was in opposition, to head a team tasked with studying the island’s crime problem and suggesting ways of curbing it.



The suggestions made by the team in the report entitled Roadmap to a Safe and Secure Jamaica included controlling corruption, breaking party-crime links and dismantling garrisons.



The taskforce also suggested a strategic review of the security forces, enhancement of the National Reserve and improvement of the justice system.



It was thought by many that the Bruce Golding led administration would have adopted these recommendations as part of the government’s crime strategy.