New Legislation In The Works To Combat Crime And Money Laundering

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen Governor General

In a speech delivered in Parliament, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen announced that the government will introduce a range of legislation to tackle crime, violence, and money laundering in the upcoming 2023/24 fiscal period.

Sir Patrick emphasised the government’s commitment to ensuring citizen security through the execution of key strategies. He highlighted the passage of the Firearms Act, 2022, as a significant effort to address the issue of illegal firearms.

He also outlined further legislative reforms aimed at improving public order and safety, as well as reducing crime and violence. The government plans to amend the Fingerprints Act, the Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, and the Aliens Act.

Additionally, the Proceeds of Crime Act will be amended to include unexplained wealth, while the Corrections Act will undergo review.


Sir Patrick noted that the new Bail Bill, currently under review by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, will provide a more effective legislative framework for bail. This will help in the fight against crime and contribute to citizen security.

The government plans to modernise law enforcement in the coming fiscal year through the expansion of the Jamaica Eye Network, as well as additional sites for the Radio and Microwave Networks operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Construction and renovation of police stations and other facilities will also continue.

Overall, the government’s proposed legislative changes and modernisation efforts aim to enhance public safety and reduce crime and violence across the country.

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