01.03.12

New National Security Policy Being Developed

The Government is developing a new National Security Policy, as part of a long-term strategy to address crime and violence. National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, speaking on February 21 Jamaica House briefing, said the policy will be implemented in two phases, with work on the first phase already 80 per cent complete and should be ready by the end of March. The second phase, he indicated, should be completed "within a month, or two, (there) after".

Explaining the need for a new policy, Mr. Bunting said that the previous document, developed in 2007, was never implemented. "In 2012, it wouldn't make sense to be implementing a 2007 National Security Policy. With the passage of time, much of what is (outlined) in that would have been overtaken (by varying factors)," he contended Mr. Bunting said the Ministry will be fast-tracking supporting legislation to ensure that the initiatives being implemented work.

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS) http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/byministry