Ministry of National Security
The Ministry of National Security will be the Model of National Security Excellence in the Caribbean Region, characterized by a highly trained and motivated staff, sophisticated and flexible policy development capacity, effective and efficient deployment of resources, the employment of modern technology and best practices in crime fighting, crime prevention and protecting the nation from external threats.
Jamaica Constabulary Force
The JCF is responsible for the maintenance of law and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property and the enforcement of all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican penal code. The JCF also provides general assistance to the public, as needed. By adherence to our Citizens’ Charter, the JCF endeavours to serve its citizens through the impartial, transparent enforcement of law and order.
Jamaica Defence Force
The Jamaica Defence Force currently comprises a Regular Force and a Reserve Force. The Regular Force has seven major units with just over 2,500 officers and soldiers. They constitute the Force’s combat arms (two Regular Infantry Battalions); combat support arms (an Air Wing, a Coast Guard and an Engineer Regiment); and the combat service support arm – a Logistics Battalion.
Tax Administration Jamaica
Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) proudly operates as the country’s premiere revenue collecting agency. In keeping with their mission, their primary goal is to foster voluntary compliance, collect the revenue due in an equitable and efficient manner, contribute to a competitive business environment and facilitate economic growth and development.
Jamaica Customs has three specific mandates: The equitable collection of revenue, protection of Jamaica’s borders against illicit imports and the facilitation of trade. All customs activities are governed by the Customs Act. In addition to its own laws, Customs enforces over 125 other provisions of law for other agencies.
Financial Investigations Division
The main objectives of the Division are to investigate allegations of money laundering, financial crime and corruption in liaison with other national regional law enforcement agencies, detect, deter and aid the prosecution of offences committed under the various acts dealing with financial crimes, by causing a reduction of the actual and expected profits that would evolve from such corrupt activities and to collaborate with international bodies in responding to transnational crimes under the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act.
Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency
PICA’s functions are integral to the nation’s border security system. The Agency accepts and process passport applications, manages the island’s immigration processes and handles matters in relation to application for and renunciation of Jamaican citizenship.
Department for International Development