Gov’t to upgrade offices at police Narcotics, Major Investigations divisions

THE Ministry of National Security will be taking steps to upgrade the offices housing the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Narcotics and Major Investigations divisions.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister Dr Horace Chang, who recently toured both units in Kingston where he observed the facilities’ existing state and gathered feedback from the staff.

“These are two very fine units in the police force. They are doing extremely important work and they are doing it with a lot of energy and sincere commitment to make our country safer so we have to give them the support they need,” he said.

Dr Chang, who is also deputy prime minister, informed JIS News that under the Government’s national programme to improve the infrastructure of police facilities, “we have done some work here before, but the building is old”.

“We have some work to do to at this point [to] make it more liveable for the professional staff who are working here. In the long run we may have to look at some policy changes and a number of other things,” he added.

Meanwhile, commanding officer for the Narcotics Division, Superintendent Jervis Moore said the unit remains committed to preventing drug trafficking.

He informed Dr Chang that between January and June this year, 8,771.97 kilogrammes of marijuana were seized, while the quantity of cocaine confiscated during the period rose to 1,610.37 kilogrammes, up from 206 kilogrammes for the corresponding timeline in 2022.

Additionally, 108 people, including 19 foreigners, were arrested for illegal drugs between January and June this year.

Meanwhile, 87 seizures were made from courier services at the international airports and six conveyances confiscated, including three boats.