National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to strengthening border security as part of measures to curb the illicit flow of weapons into the country.
Addressing members of the diplomatic community at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston recently, Minister Chang noted that the trafficking of illegal weapons continues to be a threat to international and domestic peace and security.
Dr Chang argued that reducing access to illicit guns is a priority for the government in its fight against crime and the government is in the process of equipping the security forces with the tools needed to secure the country's borders and to protect the Jamaican people.
He noted that the Jamaica Defence Force recently acquired a marine surveillance aircraft and two helicopters that have significantly increased monitoring capacity.
The National Security Minister also emphasied the importance of partnerships between Jamaica and its international partners in stemming the flow of illicit guns into the island.
To accomplish this - grant funding of approximately J$3-billion from the European Union (EU), to fight crime.