Security forces to receive telecommunications equipment at a cost of $2.2 billion – Jamaica Information Service

The government has earmarked $2.2 billion to improve cybersecurity initiatives and purchase telecommunications equipment for security forces.

Details of the provision are outlined in the 2022-23 Estimates, tabled by the Minister of Finance and Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke in the House of Representatives recently.

The project aims to facilitate the increased use of technology by security forces to ensure national security.

For the 2022/23 financial year, the money will be used to purchase cameras and other hardware and software to support Jamaica Eye, which operates the network of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the island to detect and deter criminal activity.

The program is funded by the Consolidated Fund and falls under the Department of National Security.

The Estimates will be reviewed by the House Standing Committee on Finance beginning March 1.