Horace Chan

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Horace Chan said : “Of course, we are faced with the traditional bottlenecks in the institutional organisation...that sometimes gets in the way of the Government's programme to institute changes that are required,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We are going to invest in the security forces as we have been doing, but there's a [long] way to go. After years of neglect, we have had to put in place significant financing and the job is not yet done, but the men and women are working hard and we'll ensure that we can get them to a place where they can deal with this effective criminal menace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are going to put resources in these areas of urban decay to offer the young people of these communities hope again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The work of the prime minister in setting up the National Service Corps, in extending training for the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART), ensuring that young people and in particular young men can see a future is crucial to overcoming this criminal issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It encompasses using science and providing the scientific proof ..., the autopsy suite will represent the last activity in a phase to create one of the finest institute of forensic science and legal medicine in the Western Hemisphere, and I can say that without giving technical details” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have to invest in the security services and the security forces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As a result of its significant body storage capacity, the autopsy suite will ensure that Jamaica is in a state of readiness to deal with any mass casualty event, such as natural disasters, large-scale accidents, pandemics, or other tragic incidents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “These communities contribute approximately 350 murders between January and August of this year. This is significant by any measure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In response to this reality, this administration has developed an all-of-government structure for social investment, with the understanding that by investing in the social development of the people it will result in strong human capital, which is a major plus for the future of this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The others who have been released are identified and known gangsters. Several migrated immediately. Several have been shot in gang wars, and some have returned to incarceration because of their own acts and at this point, we have the evidence to lock them up,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This model we are using is already showing success and it is our aim to persevere,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is something fundamentally wrong in a society when those who serve and protect are treated with less regard than the criminals. As a country, we must understand that the police are not the enemy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "It takes a lot of time, work and effort by the police to contain those," "The reality in our situation is that if one of those conflicts jump out for a weekend, we can have anywhere from six to 10 murders," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We need as many police officers as possible on the front line of crime fighting. The people in the communities who are being tormented by gang violence need these police officers to protect them," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan confirmed : “It has been rescinded some time now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The people in the communities who are being tormented by gang violence need these police officers to protect them. Public officials who need this kind of protective support will benefit from a trained close-protection officer; they do not necessarily require a police officer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Children end up being collateral damage, as they would say in the ghetto. Elderly are being attacked; some are being labelled as informers … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As I had outlined in my contribution to this year's sectoral debate, the Government has issued a policy directive to reposition and strengthen social investments, in order to ensure meaningful, long-term impact on the lives of the people of the identified communities. This approach is based on the comprehensive, all-of-government structure for social investment under Plan Secure Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:28:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “St James fighting is inter-gang and inter-personal, and the difference between St James and the Corporate Area gangs is that [those in St James] are better resourced unlike Kingston, which tends to be more like on-the-ground turf conflict, such as extortion and control of the market space… where the police presence is enough to take control, and that has happened. In fact, the Corporate Area [murder rate] is quite stable and is trending down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “There has been improvement for the police, but even that is not enough. I think there needs to be more of a community response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “We have had some flare-up in central Kingston (31 murders so far this year, up from 24 for the same time last year) but again, police operations will get that under control,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “They are quite smart, and they organise in networks so the police presence is not enough to apprehend anybody. Secondly, they have resources, so by the time police get there they drive away to somewhere else and wait until the person moves, and they target people who they are in conflict with,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An entire cadre of police officers, who are sensitised and attuned to all forms of intimate-partner and family violence and who are adequately prepared to take mitigating steps, will be added to the programme in the coming months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An entire cadre of police officers, who are sensitized and attuned to all forms of intimate partner and family violence and who are adequately prepared to take mitigating steps, will be added to the programme in the coming months,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan contended : “UK … they have 33 murders in a population of nearly 100 million. When a gun murder happens, it becomes national news. When I have 30 per week, I feel good. Therefore, you cannot have the same principle,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “Our laws must reflect some of the Jamaican culture and realities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “Between 2015 and 2020, total serious crimes declined by approximately 24 per cent, moving from 6,667 in 2015 to 5,086 in 2020. This is the lowest recording of serious crimes in over 20 years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Over the last five years, serious crimes, which include murder, shooting, rape, robbery, and break-ins, have declined by an average of five per cent per annum,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was not only frustrating, but instructive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In order for real progress to be made, a shift in the scope and reach of any social investment must first be institutionalised. It was for this reason that the Government developed a comprehensive, all-of-government structure for social investment under Plan Secure Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “In order to achieve the sustainable crime reduction that we need, we must, as a matter of priority, reconsider and reposition our crime prevention efforts. We must learn from our past experience and do better as we move forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “After today [Friday], we can say we are not only the best resort but the best in the region with Harmony Park” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Bull Bay station is likely to be demolished in development of the south coast highway. Therefore, there will have to be a new station quickly. The station covers a wide area with several challenging areas and therefore we have to have quick reconstruction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “Any contribution of that sort that comes into the country does not go into the consolidated fund. It never goes there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “I don't know anybody who has made any sensible offer that we have rejected… and we welcome any help from the Diaspora, as we did in the case I spoke about earlier,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “They are free to raise the money, but they would have to give it to the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, and through that to the police commissioner's office. I told them that in my recent town hall meeting with them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Everything must come through the appropriate channels, which is the embassy and then to the commissioner's office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government has put $54 billion in the police over the past four years because we are avoiding that kind of pettifogging thing with the police. We are going to equip them as we have done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government's position is that proposals to assist the police force from the Diaspora must come through the appropriate channel, which is the embassy, and then it is directed to the appropriate channel which is the commissioner's office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Team ) : “By virtue of the surveillance cameras... the New Kingston Mobile Patrol One moved in and the Quick Response Team (QRT) responded. The men shot at the police, and the police, who are well-trained, responded and two were fatally shot,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The JLP stands by its message of respect and regard for women," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “Jamaica has some of the best crime-fighting expertise in the world and I cannot see any possible avenue to engage the diaspora expertise to help fight crime in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are in the process of having a new Firearms Act, which will increase the penalty for not only illegal possession and use of firearms [but] also trading and manufacturing. We are looking at a number of other pieces of legislation, so we can have a more robust legislative framework in dealing with crime,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are two aspects to this programme, as in the medium term, what we are looking at is keeping the economy turning. Once there is increased economic activity, it will mean less crime and fewer people on the road where they could get caught up in illegitimate activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Keeping the economy going in the face of what is happening is very important, and it does contribute to public order and reducing crime and criminal activity, and that is the first power of this programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In the modern world, where work is very demanding, a father who has to spend two hours in a line at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is better off spending that time with his son doing homework and other things, and carrying out his role as a father figure. It does create a better family atmosphere, and it provides additional employment for service-delivery people, so there is a win-win situation here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Recovering the soul of our nation requires that a strong message is sent to those who prey on our citizens, including women and children, that they will be met with the full force of the law and will be brought to justice,” “The Government will not be deterred by naysayers who attempt to impose stumbling blocks in the way of proven, credible and strong measures intended to reduce murders in the island,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Discussions will be held and we’ll see how we can proceed. I’m not going to give instruction like this in public space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Recovering the soul of our nation requires that a strong message is sent to those who prey on our citizens, including women and children, that they will be met with the full force of the law and will be brought to justice,” “The Government will not be deterred by naysayers who attempt to impose stumbling blocks in the way of proven, credible, and strong measures intended to reduce murders in the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The [plans] this year are to complete the design, acquisition work and the environmental studies that are required, and all that is progressing satisfactorily,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan indicated : “It is a challenge in terms of traffic in Montego Bay, but we have to do it right,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The location of those people in Roaring River is still inappropriate and could lead to contamination at a later stage, so the logical thing is to move them downstream, because they are currently located at the head of the water source,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 15, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In the public space, the area that the population feel most unsafe is at the ATMs. As banks expand ATM network across the country, they need to take this into consideration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “These particular statistics suggest concern because individuals who are not banked may not want to get into the banking system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “can no longer give instructions. Some will start in a week, then later on, all of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “Discussions will be held and we’ll see how we can proceed. I’m not going to give instruction like this in public space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “can no longer give instructions. Some will start in a week, then later on, all of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We were planning on doing something significant this year, but it cannot be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The entire new town centre is a project which I know the Government is looking financing for on a public-private basis, and that will provide us a sound foundation for further development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “While they missed the airstrip, they would have had some connection down there that picked them up and whisked them out of the area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “It would be a very small post, and you’re really subjecting your members of the force to the influence of a pretty heavily resourced network of criminality that operates out of Rocky Point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What they are doing will not get them into that kind of space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have not yet reached the state of executing fully our cyber programme. It needs a lot of things, not only money and budget, but legislation to go fully,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “none of the critical associated government points were affected, for example PICA” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “A democratically elected government cannot be vetoed in carrying out executive action in the face of a crisis and should not be in a democratic society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Gun Court ) : “He [the judge] had made some comments, but we have to go to the Court of Appeal to get their call,” “We are confident we will be successful in dealing with it there. Of course, we may have to look at some of the regulations, which is a different issue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “that none of the critical associated government points were affected, for example, PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency)” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Those are things that will be brought into the system. The smuggling, the trading, the manufacturing, modifications, and the paraphernalia that go with that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have the capacity to do that over the next few hours, and it will be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It goes back to the level of lawlessness... gangs taking over communities, capturing and murdering people... burning down homes and running people out,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “this is the first Government to put in place such a robust security plan, with the necessary institutional arrangements to ensure a sustainable, whole-of-government approach to the social investment and social transformation component of crime fighting” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan acknowledged : “it is a bit frustrating that you don’t have the levels [of decrease] that you would like to see” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The fact is, although we have put in $42 billion to ensure we have a modern police force and modern supporting agencies in terms of the Integrity Commission, MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) and the Jamaica Defence Force and all the other agencies that are involved in the fight against crime and corruption, the legislative framework must be strong. It is an area we have neglected,” “The process itself is challenging, and the Opposition recognises this, and I thank them for that support, but it is something that we are taking steps to improve on with immediacy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I have identified four pieces for the end of this financial year, and they are proceeding, and we expect to meet those deadlines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Freedom doesn’t mean that now that we are our own masters, we have the privilege to do what we want in any way to hurt each other,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Whether in Montego Bay, the Corporate Area or Westmoreland, many of them had to be removed from the school system for indiscipline and other reasons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Jamaica Defence Force is an institution that every Jamaican can be proud of, in terms of its integrity, professionalism and a level of discipline that I think all Jamaicans respects and understand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is not so much to train them in the military, but to engage them through the Jamaica National Service Corps, which we want to maintain at a good level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government is also looking to expand the offerings of the national service corps. We see the need, now, not only for skills training, but for character development, and the JDF, as an institution, is one of the finest in terms of orienting and developing character and offering an opportunity for our young people from challenged backgrounds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The friendship between Jamaica and China is strong and long-lasting,” “Jamaica shares a number of firsts with China, and in very short order, workers from that Asian country will be engaged in the construction of the Montego Bay perimeter roadway” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told ( about Andrew South ) : “If you take the border from Bull Bay and come across all of Kingston and sections of St Andrew to Maverley, it's almost anarchy down there at this point in time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “If it were older gangsters who were seasoned criminals we would have mayhem and more people would be killed. But these are youngsters who fire into a crowd so we end up with five people shot in the leg, and that is what they are doing in east Kingston, central Kingston, west Kingston. And as you put the police in one area, they move to another area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The rate of killings in that belt right now is frightening, and the way the gangs operate also demands that we have the soldiers in there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The immediate response is to put more [security] assets in the particular areas. We will call on the army to boost the resources, but that is the central challenge we have — because after you move them from another area you find people slip into these areas and cause problems. But, we have to do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “You know that there is a particular problem in west Kingston with the Scream Corner Gang and the Young Generation Gang, so we are going to put some focus on the gangs and the leadership of the gangs; we will be doing some more targeted operations. You have to just put your assets and go after them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “And then there is the Top Jungle versus Bottom Jungle, with the remnants of the Fatherless and Socks gangs who are at odds,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Because the politics is no longer there….The gangsters do not depend on PNP [People's National Party] or JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] areas. All of them are forming alliances across the land,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Andrew South ) : “So that will be done effectively in the next few days. But you cannot move assets from say, South St Andrew because that division has an ongoing rollover conflict which requires significant assets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Look, we are aware that planes are flying through the Jamaica space, and a lot of illegal ones are going through as well. Some, once they realise that we identify them, they will change route, and others get through the system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 8, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “My intention is to begin to look not at case management, but at family management, and the easiest way to access the family is through the mothers’ (antenatal health) clinics and the schools because, once you identify a child at this level, you can begin to identify the problems in the family and hopefully, we’ll solve them with other means,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are here at the Flankers Primary and Infant School dealing with children that are being challenged and working with the primary schools around the community as opposed to waiting until you get the person committed,” “This exercise is designed to prevent the process of recruitment, where young men in particular, who feel like they have no stake in the society and who from primary schools are channelled on a route that sends them in the wrong direction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “This is one mechanism, but the other is to get the public services to these people in their communities. The services that were designed to assist these people, they are not getting it – education, quality healthcare, and the small but still important social safety net, which Government provides,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The trend remains fairly flat when we compare the January 1 to 31, 2021 (131 murders) to January 1 to 31, 2020 (120 murders). In January 2019 there were 149 murders. These statistics for January 2021 are deeply concerning, but they do not indicate a spike,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “What is noticeable is that countries ranked below Jamaica have implemented special security measures that we have not adopted” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Much work has been done to control that and much crime has been stopped because of the interventions, but there is more work to be done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So the actions we are taking to provide a system to protect them is ongoing but we have to ultimately come to a point where we find a high security prison that we can put specially vetted individuals. It has started, it won't finish this financial year but it will be done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan insisted : “We have had to spend a lot of security time to prevent the killings, some have gone through but many have been stopped,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have to refurbish a prison [and] it is going to cost us $320 million for them specifically,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “COVID has kind of interrupted it so it is not going to finish in the first half of this year. We are looking at one of the detention centres and changing it into a high-security prison,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have indicated clearly to the crime consensus committee that I have engaged extensively with the Minister of Justice who has responsibility for elements of getting legislation done and the Attorney General’s Department and reorganise our own policy team and we are now pushing aggressively and will ensure that those pieces of legislation will be brought to the House this year starting this quarter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, the police have to be able to do pretty much the same. You surround a community and you find those who are carriers of criminal activities, and if necessary, detain them to save lives,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 1, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, the police have to be able to do pretty much the same. You surround a community and you find those who are carriers of criminal activities, and if necessary, detain them to save lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Importantly, the marking of firearms will support broad crime fighting efforts, as the relevant state agencies will now be able to track weapons that are used to commit criminal offences and those that have been seized and/or recovered, to the importer or owner. This will also allow the ready identification of licit firearms and those that have been illicitly trafficked into the country” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 10:40:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “We want to give the police the requisite legal tools to deal with our nation's crime problems and so we are reviewing the anti-gang legislation as well” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 10:40:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Since its establishment in 2018, MOCA has consistently conducted its investigations and operations with the highest level of quality and integrity, and has always done so independently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “MOCA continues to demonstrate diligence in fulfilling its mandate to target organised crime and corruption, and to investigate and corroborate the evidence necessary to prosecute perpetrators of these serious crimes, including cyber-crimes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This will be done not only by increasing the boots on the ground, but also through the establishment of credible and highly specialised law enforcement institutions, such as MOCA,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Since its establishment in 2018, MOCA has consistently conducted its investigations and operations with the highest level of quality and integrity, and has always done so independently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over this weekend, we have seen 25 killings across Jamaica – two triple and a double, including the triple here in St James, the triple in Allman Town, and the double in the Olympic Gardens area. The police intend to increase activities and we are not deterred by these kinds of brazenness,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have had five curfews in Montego Bay since January 1, which means for 10 out of the 18 days [in January] we have had sections of Montego Bay under curfew control. We have had nine cordon-and-search operations, external to those operations. There are [also] five joint operational teams on the ground, led by superintendent and officers of the army in Cambridge, Montego Bay and Barrett Town, all covered by heavy security presence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will be looking at some of the legislation we have to bring up-to-date. We know we have been a bit behind in that. We have been slow in bringing forward legislation. We have refocused the relevant agencies and will be bringing several legislations to the house very quickly during this first quarter or the year, including a new Firearms Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about James West ) : “Over this weekend, we have seen 25 killings across Jamaica – two triple and a double, including the triple here in St James, the triple in Allman Town, and the double in the Olympic Gardens area. The police intend to increase activities and we are not deterred by these kinds of brazenness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Growing up they say 'it begins within the home' and this is exactly the kind of cycles we combat every day and the same cycles we endeavour to break, and the kind of cycles families should lash out against” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It means when you travel with the Jamaican passport, the receiving country can accept that passport with a level of confidence that this is a passport that is valid and that it was issued correctly,” “As a small island developing state, we punch bigger than our size” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 22, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I urge community members with information about these killings to come forward and lend support to the police so we can eradicate these criminals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This particular incident was sharp, brutal and reflected a level of violence that has penetrated the Jamaican society. These criminals behave in an almost savage way and that is a result of the failure of our society in preserving aspects of social order,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The activities in the zones have been substantial and meaningful to the people in these areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But there are still a number of significant activists and supporters out there, who are well-armed and brutal in their approach,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are now going to take steps to institute a security curfew beyond the Disaster Risk Management curfew and we are seeking the full support of the business community because we know it will disrupt commerce, but the gang war will do worst disruption to commerce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 2:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are now going to take steps to institute a security curfew beyond the Disaster Risk Management curfew and we are seeking the full support of the business community because we know it will disrupt commerce, but the gang war will do worst disruption to commerce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The loss of life of any police officer in the line of duty is always a matter of profound sadness. We urge motorists and pedestrians to exercise vigilance and extreme caution on the road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 11, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “It is an absorption of the PCOA by the PSC. It will be done. It requires Constitutional amendment, as it [the commission] is a deeply entrenched part of the Constitution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 11, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I assure you, you will get those legislation in place because it is critical for me to get the kind of sustainable reduction in criminal activities and provide the police force with the tools required ... . We have just gone through a very bad week, where savagery and fatality of the criminal gangs in Jamaica is [on show],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “If you want to do it without those states of emergency, you will have to build a police state. That would mean giving the police and the army manpower in the region of 100,000 to be everywhere at all times, fully equipped,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is the only division since the lifting of the states of emergency on August 17 that has seen a reduction in homicides,” “While we continue to see improvement, we still need enhanced security measures in St James – not only in St James, we need it elsewhere in the island more rapidly” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Critically, we are creating a framework for the implementation of transparent, evidence-based solutions, which will be monitored consistently in order to achieve clearly defined and time-sensitive outcomes. That is the government’s commitment to the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “When we examine the profile of persons detained within our adult correctional facilities, we observe that offenders below 25 years of age represented 20.4 per cent of the overall population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “No fountain in Jamaica is properly maintained. They have, in the main, been receptacles for garbage and bathrooms for people of unsound mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “No fountain in Jamaica is properly maintained. They have, in the main, been receptacles for garbage and bathrooms for people of unsound mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 3, 2020 10:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Indeed we note that there have been increasing attacks on the police… but the objective of the police is to professionally find evidence… apprehend, prosecute and lock them away,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “At times we have seen a deliberate and orchestrated attack on police officers. We do not condone the behaviour but we understand why and we are prepared and we are not allowing it to deter us from our fight,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “It is a completely different event than the killing of Prekeh, a terrorist who captured a community, killed dozens of people and extorted and raped members of a community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “When all of them [killings by the security forces] are put on the same page and it is published in the international news… the narrative and the message of a police force that is brutal and insensitive is being conveyed. It is totally incorrect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ) : “The JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) has some 8,000 men. They are from the society we are in. All recruits would have been vetted, and there is continuous monitoring and training, but with the kind of money involved with drugs, they (drug dealers) pursue it aggressively, and I am sure they’ll find someone to break rank, and that’s what happened in St Elizabeth,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “When criminals lose that kind of money, they begin to fight back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ) : “They would go out of their way to engage somebody in the JDF, and the Jamaica Defence Force of 8,000 men [and women], they are from the society we are in. All recruits are vetted and there is continuous monitoring and training, but with the kind of money involved in drugs, if they [the drug dealers] pursue it aggressively, I am sure that they will find somebody to break ranks, and that is what happened in St Elizabeth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “But the big drug dealers are going to make every attempt to corrupt the entire legal system in Jamaica, and they have the money to do it. What we have to do is to take steps to prevent it and mitigate the damage,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In fact, we have nowhere to store them at this time, and what we noticed is that there is a significant fightback by the criminals… It is quite unusual, and it means that they are hurting by the volume of seizures taking place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We have no interest in hiding the facts because the facts are what will ensure that we can get the buy-in from the public and they can also hold us accountable for what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It's a combination of security and development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When the citizens feel safe, it will increase their cooperation with the police. They [security forces] will be able to disrupt the gangs, find them, prosecute them and get them off the streets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are tools in the toolkit and we are using them and we will continue using them. We will have to expand some; the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) are there, we have them in four areas, and I think it is an excellent law, as it focuses on particular areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “That process has been somewhat intercepted by the COVID activity where we have put into that some $4 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “What we have is a scenario where you take out one generation and the other replaces it, and that brings about conflicts as to who will lead. The police response is to get rid of the entire cohort of criminal actors,” “We want to find them, find the evidence, lock them up and get them off the streets where we will then begin to see the downward trend in crime that we are all looking for. But yes, the Corporate Area is proving a challenge, but I know the commissioner and his team are looking at how we control that problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Traffic disorder is a big problem. We are leaning towards a policy where, if a driver does not pay for traffic offences, he will not be licensed and will not be given fitness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I won’t comment on it now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 21, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Today, I want to commend the Office of the National Rapporteur in launching this eLearning Centre and Resource Library,” “Knowledge is maybe the most powerful tool that we can use to fight this horrible crime. The more the wider society understands the challenge it provides, the nature of the crime, and can have access to reliable and credible information, the more likely we are to overcome this challenge” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “The mood is for Andrew to stay as prime minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The structure change is much anticipated and it was faster than my expectation,” External link

business-standard Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The structure change is much anticipated and it was faster than my expectation,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, August 21, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “This kind of agreement with our partners is critical to the work of the security forces,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are still too many individuals who have the common expression, ‘Jamaica beat COVID,’ but we have to encourage the society to recognise that the pandemic still poses a major risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Security guards will be called in to ensure protocols are maintained. We don't necessarily expect police officers to be everywhere monitoring who will be wearing mask and who will be maintaining social distance and certainly we can engage elements of the security guards system to work with us to ensure we maintain protocols...it is critical to maintain the protocols to control the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "There is a full protocol being put out by the Ministry of Health, and we will publish that very soon. We are going to do a booklet on it and circulate it to our candidates," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 10, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will never provide anything but the best when it comes to equipping the men and women of the police force,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over the one-year period since we undertook this strategic change, the establishment of the Specialised Operations Branch has had tangible and impactful results. Of note, we would have seen the uptick in the number of high-powered weapons that have been seized by the police in recent months,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “You will recall that several high-value targets have been apprehended over the one-year period from August 2019 to present. This has been primarily as a result of the tactical, persistent, and intelligence-lead operations of the police, while observing the law,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will never provide anything but the best when it comes to equipping the men and women of the police force,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over the one-year period since we undertook this strategic change, the establishment of the Specialised Operations Branch has had tangible and impactful results. Of note, we would have seen the uptick in the number of high-powered weapons that have been seized by the police in recent months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “You will recall that several high-value targets have been apprehended over the one-year period from August 2019 to present. This has been primarily as a result of the tactical, persistent, and intelligence-lead operations of the police, while observing the law,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not supposed to have a crowd. We ask for not more than a certain amount of people to come, but people come out spontaneously, so we had to give them masks,” “We have insisted every time we went on the stage that they should wear masks, and we have given the candidates masks to hand out, which they did” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Access to real-time information becomes essential in the work of these agencies, where preserving the lives of Jamaicans and protecting lives in extreme situations, in particular, like kidnapping, are encountered,” “In the current situation, only the minister is entitled to seek immediate, real-time information. The normal course of acquisition indicates that you seek a warrant then proceed to get the information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Access to real-time information becomes essential in the work of these agencies where preserving the lives of Jamaicans and protecting lives in extreme situations, in particular like kidnapping, are encountered,” “In the current situation, only the minister is entitled to seek immediate real-time information. The normal course of acquisition indicates that you seek a warrant then proceed to get the information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is imperative that we provide our security forces with all the resources that are available in order for them to effectively carry out their duties. Criminal organisations involve in acts of extreme violence and activities like kidnapping are real threats to a society,” “By approving these designates, we are improving the response capabilities of our security forces to effectively intervene in these life-and-death situations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The statistics on that I wouldn’t seek because it doesn’t carry a lot of weight. What carries weight is the gun and how many people it kills. So, you know that particular gun, so you need to find it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When the citizens feel safe, it will increase their cooperation with the police. They will be able to disrupt the gangs, find them, prosecute them, and get them off the streets ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Maintaining public order and social stability, enforcing the law, disrupting gangs and apprehending heavily armed perpetrators are not optional for our police officers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The JCF reports that all major crimes are down, including murders. The security experts report that the states of public emergency have been successful in as much as they have added to the plethora of other counter-gang, anti-crime and public order measures that the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been implementing. The SOEs (states of emergency) do not replace these other necessary security measures – they add to them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are putting in place, for the first time in an institution that has some 186 facilities across the island, a fleet of 1,500 motor cars, and a number of critical infrastructure pieces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have for years lived with this system of blaming indiscipline on the road on police officers who own taxis because we have an inefficient system – a system that does not work. You get a ticket, you don’t pay it, nothing happens. We have individuals driving on the road with 1,000 tickets and nothing is done about holding them accountable. It will be corrected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This kind of activity is critical to monitoring, not only the efficiency of entering our country, but also ensuring that our borders are safe and we can monitor the throughput of criminal activities that may be coming through,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “I can say with confidence, if we don’t get the money to borrow from China, and we are only borrowing because we made a commitment to borrow, and we don’t vary our words in Government, but if it doesn’t come on time, we will have the money to build the road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government of Jamaica will fund the road if we do not get the money to borrow, and we will start this road during the course of the next financial year. I can inform this meeting that the Cabinet has signed off on the contract. That much we can tell you. For years, we talked about this road and we never settled on anything to finance it, but we now have a route,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “With an increased capacity to police territorial waters, Jamaica will be in a better position to turn its attention more aggressively towards developing its blue economy, which is critical to economic resilience,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, June 26, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “With an increased capacity to police territorial waters, Jamaica will be in a better position to turn its attention more aggressively towards developing its blue economy, which is critical to economic resilience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is quite a possibility you would think. It has always been expected that the prime minister would call and election as soon as possible. Because logics say he has handled the COVID-19 crisis good so far and they want to get the bounce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This will never happen to any Jamaican citizen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But from then, as a graduating medical student, I would have asked what would happen to the people who are mentally ill and incarcerated, because the forensic psychiatric unit was closed with nothing to replace it,” “That’s where the problem started and just ended up in this kind of disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have noticed increasing alliances between gangs across community, geographic borders, and even political boundaries, which signals a level of cooperation between the gangs as they struggle over spoils whether extortion, imported weapons, or other criminal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 15, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "They struggle over spoils, extortion or imported weapons and other criminal activity that feed the economy of the gangs. It generates increasing homicides and certainly for this year we have seen the number of murders in the KMR region stand at more than 55 per cent of the total for the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 14, 2020 10:35:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Criminals have no rules, so while the police officers have to be mindful of their professional standards and citizens’ rights while carrying out such operations, the criminals who infest our community and plague our citizens are oftentimes feared and shoot with impunity wherever they are,” “They are brutal in their activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have some very valued partners in the national area, but unless we do work with the foundation with our resources in our manner and in our culture, we will not succeed in the long term. There was a proposal at one point for a prison from an international partner that we did not accept. We are looking at doing this with Jamaican financing and Jamaican personnel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is known that men in incarceration will get access to cell phones, and they direct their operations from inside the prison from time to time. We are taking steps to correct that now, but the new prison will have to have that kind of facility,” “We need a maximum-security prison where we can lock up a number of the leaders safe and away from their contacts and prevent them from investing and creating outside” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We appreciate this gesture as it will support the Ministry’s effort to ensure that our frontline workers are protected as they seek to protect the community during this COVID-19 Pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Chinese community has contributed greatly by not only providing equipment but also by continuing to provide care packages and jobs to Jamaicans in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are even remodelling our police stations to include an interview room where reports of domestic violence or possible cases of domestic violence may be discussed privately” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What we had was inappropriate because they were taking the police’s face and had other issues, and, of course, the poor officers would be charged with trying to mislead the public. We are in the process of identifying the appropriate instrument and reordering because we need a large amount of cameras, - about 1,200 for starters - but we will need more than that,” “You will realise that the commissioner wears a different-style uniform in recent times because the original uniform design just couldn’t accommodate the cameras” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 1, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The wider issue of concern is that this happened not in an ISIS area, where the soldiers come in and start acting, the level of violence in August Town unfortunately creates the system where this can happen. Right after this I am going to visit the family where three people were shot and this by criminals in the community so when the security forces have to operate with the gunfire around them, it creates a very difficult situation for them to operate in, this can never be justified but it can be understood what is happening here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There's no doubt that the party and country have lost a champion who devoted a significant portion of her life to serving her nation and people, and she did so with great distinction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Jamaica’s standing in terms of its ability to deal with this virus is one of the best in the globe, and we have taken steps to bring all our nationals home in a very short period of time,” “By the end of the month, we should have them all back home. They all want to come, and no one can blame them because Jamaica is safer than elsewhere because we did things right,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ) : “There is an ongoing dialogue with nine cruise lines. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and the Jamaica Government are coordinating to see how best we can deal with the requests,” “There are 88 countries with Jamaican nationals. Not all want to come home, but for those who want to, we have to see how fast we can bring them home. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is at work dealing with the logistics” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There must not be any kind of spike. It must be borne in mind that the economy is at risk, and nothing must be done to damage it,” “The present protocol surrounding the provisions of samples for testing will continue for other arriving nationals” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "In the last 30 years, we have developed a gang culture and some of it has to do with the high rate of dropouts in our males out of high school from about grade nine. That therefore provides a large body of young males who are not very productive. Some of them don't have any skill level and those who have jobs, do not get ones that pay them the amount of money that they want. So they get caught up in the grey area of the economy which pays good money; whether it is drugs, scamming or just riding shotgun with somebody who is doing the business," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Three hundred and twenty-three or 83 per cent of the total criminal gangs in operation were classified as 'first generation’ gangs - by virtue of their loose and unsophisticated leadership. These gangs are also identified by the fact that their main focus was on turf protection and control for financial gains,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “According to the NIB, there were no 'third generation' gangs in operation in Jamaica. These are gangs with broad reach, often across international borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In many communities across the island, gang members enjoy strong community support which makes it difficult to isolate them. Even so, over the last three years, there has been a significant increase in the number of gang members identified, apprehended, and prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Three hundred and twenty-three or 83 per cent of the total criminal gangs in operation were classified as 'first generation’ gangs - by virtue of their loose and unsophisticated leadership. These gangs are also identified by the fact that their main focus was on turf protection and control for financial gains,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “According to the NIB, there were no 'third generation' gangs in operation in Jamaica. These are gangs with broad reach, often across international borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In many communities across the island, gang members enjoy strong community support which makes it difficult to isolate them. Even so, over the last three years, there has been a significant increase in the number of gang members identified, apprehended, and prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I don’t think it is factual [that they will arrive in Jamaica on Sunday]. I will check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because as far as we are aware, it is not so, and to prevent the rumours, I am commenting on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In fact, if it were true, they would have had to set sail already, and I am not aware of any of that,” “All well-thinking Jamaicans, including those on the ships, should know we can’t just bring them in and let them loose on the population, and bear in mind, even if we find the hotel rooms for 2,000 people over 14 days at US$100 a day, it’s a nice chunk of money, where we are already short $120 billion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The goal is to enable faster and more specialised responses by enhancing our surveillance capacity,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The goal is to enable faster and more specialised responses by enhancing our surveillance capacity," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 1, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As a society, we need to embrace a collaborative strategy and make greater efforts to prevent conflict and promote peace and non-violence within our communities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 27, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The Ministry reiterates that public gatherings, including parties, are strictly prohibited under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which has been in effect since Friday, March 13. An investigation will be launched into the breaches of this Act," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As you have noticed, we have acquired some hotel rooms for quarantine and after we have processed them we will move them to a more permanent location for the next 14 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “They will help us to complete Fort Augusta as a long-term quarantine facility, but it won't make it for this group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We have actually set up a protocol for our returning residents, who are Jamaicans wanting to come back home. We are going to expand that and we are using some hotel rooms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “COVID means the economy is going down, but we will just have to redirect some funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are preparing, so that as necessary or when necessary, we will be able to accept them in the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In this case [the TCI patient], we had a medical emergency. A life-and-death situation is completely different from the ship,” “It’s a different case all together, completely different. The two things can’t be treated the same way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asserted : “He went back home [after the surgery] and developed significant complications, which required intensive care treatment. There is a legal and moral obligation to bring him back to the university [hospital] and treat him for a procedure that was done in Jamaica recently,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "There will be controlled re-entry while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols," External link

jamaica-star Friday, April 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government is dedicated to the safety of all Jamaicans and continues to make necessary adjustments to recent sanctions under the Disaster Risk Management Act,” “The Government understands the public’s concern regarding the repatriation of fellow Jamaicans to the country during this time. However, we continue to be guided by our health officials and security forces to uphold best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “acts like these demonstrate the length at which these criminals will go to perpetrate violence against our most vulnerable, particularly our women” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I am confident that these criminals will be brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But we are preparing – as is necessary or when necessary – in the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We have been able to delay the entrance of a number of deportees, but we will have to accept them at some point. In fact, I expect that we will have to accept them within a week or two,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “At the same time, we can’t afford to push our public health system into a crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “acts like these demonstrate the length at which these criminals will go to perpetrate violence against our most vulnerable, particularly our women” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The items included supplies of benefit to first responders treating with cases of the deadly virus as well as the vulnerable in the community, some of whom are very poor, and could save some lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “When you have an emergency you have to weigh public good versus private… I don't think there is anybody who would object to it. But, of course, there would be the persons who would seek to challenge it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So our job is to find those people and inform them of their potential damage and protect both them and their communities, and their families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The coronavirus could peak in six or eight weeks. Whenever it peaks and settles down, the country must go on,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not standing down, but we are not going to be doing any campaigning either,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not standing down, but we are not going to be doing any campaigning either,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The coronavirus could peak in six or eight weeks. Whenever it peaks and settles down, the country must go on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When you are part of the civil service, you are to get the permission of your permanent secretary, and you resign during the election period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The imminent presence of it must impact our thinking. Once it hits us, it’s a national crisis of the sort we have not seen for a long time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So, we have to focus. The coronavirus will impact the individual population and the broader economy, so there has to be focus on all aspects,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about error ) : “The last time we were ahead by 11 per cent, so it’s still within the margin of error, and we said we were eight to 11 points ahead. ... We are Government, and those looking out will look on the weaknesses, whatever you do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Once you get on the road in terms of more widespread campaigning, we would see a strengthening of our position, but overall, at this point I don’t think that’s a bad position to be in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Today, you are being formally inducted into the annals of one of Jamaica's most long-standing, tried and tested institutions. The JCF is Jamaica's premier law enforcement authority. You should be proud to be named among the elite men and women who are charged with maintaining and enforcing the laws of our country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “All this will be at your fingertips, while you are on duty on the road. This will undoubtedly improve your efficiency and capacity to deal with law breakers. We are investing in equipping you (officers) of the JCF, for effective service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Graduates, as you join the ranks of the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force – the most valuable asset in our security arsenal – I commend your commitment to serve and protect Jamaican lives, communities, businesses and families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “You can look at the results at the end of the year where you would expect to move a school from failing to success; where you can look at the Grade Four Literacy exam; where many of these schools are below 30 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan admitted : “All 20 could not be done this year. We don’t have the human capacity to manage 20 zones,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “If you work assiduously with the new programme – which we are doing – we will be able to get them up to 80 and 90 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are putting in place a strong facilities maintenance programme, known as I-Request. This will ensure that there is effective maintenance and continuous monitoring so that we can hold persons accountable. It will be a software that even I will be able to monitor submissions made from police stations in any part of the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Currently, we write a ticket by a police officer and it either goes into the system or it doesn’t go, or it disappears somewhere because of something happening. What we’re seeking to do is to ensure that we can build out connectivity between a small machine that they write the ticket on, to the police control centre, to the tax office, and to the Island Traffic Authority,” “Once the ticket is written, nobody can take it out of the system again … . Once you write the ticket in a tablet that we are planning to give every police officer, it will also give them a real-time connection to the police database that they can identify vehicles that may be involved in criminal activity” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Montego Bay has had a major challenge with the evolution of a huge amount of squatting. At one stage, we had about 20 squatter settlements. While they [residents] have created an entrepreneurial spirit, it has created a lot of problems for Montego Bay. This is what we have to seek to correct,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “There are no services in the informal settlements in Montego Bay, so everybody crowds downtown ... so it must be overcrowded ... It must be dirty,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "Jamaica has left this sort of politics in the past," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “These transnational crimes fall within the purview of the Coast Guard, who patrol the high seas, and the maritime fleet on the shoreline, and they have been reaping considerable success in interdicting drug boats,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 10, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “When the Coast Guard interdicts a drug boat, they are also interdicting guns, but you never get the guns because the smugglers dump them overboard,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 10, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are providing officers with tools such as non-lethal weapons and modern technology to expand the security force’s crime-fighting capacity,” “I am confident that once the officers are given the right tools and better working conditions, they will be more efficient in carrying out their duties” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We've established an election period and proceed to nominate our candidate. The PNP say they are not contesting; that's their choice. Our decision is not dependent on the PNP's actions. We have a vacant seat and we are going to put up a candidate for it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “The entire system is designed to put them at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. That's the education system we inherited and we have not done enough to change it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “A review is being done on how we approach social intervention in the communities to ensure that we can tackle some of the deep-rooted social dysfunction issues that lead to this kind of brutal and insensitive act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan observed : “It is on this basis why the Government took the position to make significant investments in security services, and it has its risks as well as its benefits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Commissioner of Police and I are concerned about the continued violence and we will be using all available resources to bring criminals to justice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Existing legislation such as the Sexual Offences Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act are amended to further protect our women, children, the disabled and the elderly against crime and violence,” “The legal authority is also being strengthened to bring the perpetrators to justice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The entire system is designed to put them at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder; that is, the education system we have inherited, and we have not done enough to transform and change it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I’m looking towards putting one of the new STEM schools in that area. In the initial stages, we may very well make it a boys’ school, because we have a real challenge for space for boys in St James, and we have a real challenge for education for young males,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We regret the loss of life and would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I make no apology for saying that the current mechanism of social intervention has not worked [and] is not working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 27, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This bill is a response to the call from the entertainment industry, the practitioners, community associates, and residents for there to be a review of the current Noise Abatement Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, as a country, we neglected the security forces all of post-Independence and we only call on them when we have a problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “That has been the history of the police and we have to correct all of that before we can really look towards sustainable success in resolving crime; but in addition to that, we have allowed our inner-city communities to deteriorate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So when you have a crime, you call the police and you expect them to have cars, you never buy them any. You expect them to stay in the police station, but the police station is leaking and they can’t stay in there. You expect them to communicate, but you destroy their radio system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “Almost all the residential communities in Montego Bay for the working people came out of squatting, and squatting is an illegal activity. It generates an illegal ecosystem, which generates illegal activities, which eventually leads to killings and murders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “A young man out of a depressed community who goes to a school that has been ignored and they never got a decent education, they feel neglected, they feel hurt, they are angry and they get power by pulling the trigger in a gun,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I make no apology for saying that the current mechanism of social intervention has not worked [and] is not working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “That’s where we must go, not PMI,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was approved only last Monday [December 9] in Cabinet for the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to begin the process of compulsorily acquiring some 547 parcels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “In plain language, if you exceed the sound levels and disturb the residents, despite having permission, the police will have the right to lock you down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “There is no alternative but for the police to studiously pursue and aggressively apprehend and lock down the gang leaders and the gangsters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “In west Kingston, many of the [gang] leaders are in police custody. In fact, the majority of them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared ( about Catherine North ) : “In addition to that, the police have over 30 members of the Klansman Gang in jail, so north St Catherine is better this year than last year, and more are coming in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is that we have to keep fighting the fight to take the guns off the streets and that is going to take some time [because] there are a lot of guns out there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The best index we have of how effective our efforts have been is that since we have acquired the capacity to patrol our coastlines more effectively since last year… the seizures of drugs have quadrupled,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Twenty-five pounds of ganja fetch a side arm in Haiti, while it takes 50 pounds to get a rifle. That's how it operates. When we intercept a boat that might be carrying guns from Haiti, they usually dump the firearms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This Bill is a temporary short-term measure to provide for an extension of the time permissible for entertainment events over the festive season, while ensuring that public order laws and regulations can be strictly carried out, notwithstanding the extension,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “As a Government we are seeking to create the necessary balance between the continued growth of our music and entertainment industries while maintaining public order, safety and the well-being of the general public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This Bill will give us a temporary solution to ensure that we are providing the environment which acknowledges the social needs of our people in music, entertainment, church or political events, while preserving the right for non-disturbance and peaceful rest for others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “In plain language, if you exceed the sound levels and disturb the citizens in neighbouring areas, despite having permission to go until four, the police will have the right to lock it off. And in view of the fact that there will be increased events over the next eight weeks, I suspect that the police will not have the time to give you a warning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I want the entertainers…to understand that if the police do this it is not malice, it is my guidance. If you exceed the decibel level they turn it off, if you turn it on back they will take your equipment. I don't like the idea of taking equipment because modern equipment is very sensitive and they can damage easily but the reality is that the law is very important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So they travel out to northern St Catherine, which is miles away from downtown Kingston, but there is a cousin of someone who they want to hurt …when they get to these districts they don’t look for one person, they shoot everybody they see on the streets. It is horrible and the police are looking at how they can mitigate that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The new national identification bill will further strengthen Jamaica’s cybersecurity framework,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “In other words, the NIDS will provide Jamaicans with enhanced protection from cyberthreats and cyberattacks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This revised national identification bill will not only support the modernisation of our information and communication technology infrastructure, but it will also facilitate the introduction of a multilayered technology security system to mitigate vulnerabilities associated with cyber activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “There is a feeling out there that because of INDECOM, they (unlawful citizens) can abuse the police and get away with it, that is what is causing the problems,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It’s an opinion of elements of the police force, and it may have some basis in terms of practice, because INDECOM was designed to deal with complaints against the police at a time when it was felt that there were too many extrajudicial activities by the police,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “INDECOM was created to control police excesses, and I think the police are saying INDECOM has become excessive at this point in time,” “I don’t want to make a judgement call, but there are certainly some concerns by the officers of the force; it is almost a reversal on the purpose for which INDECOM was founded” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is something we have to look at and see to what extent it’s becoming the real problem, and to what extent we can work with INDECOM to ensure professional standards are maintained, but at the same time, policemen [can] feel comfortable doing their job,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So, too, does the Integrity Commission. They sometimes take long, but from where I sit, I know they are doing thorough work ... . We know it’s a major issue, and we are taking steps to correct them, and I think that’s where the electorate are looking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 25, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It’s not about handing over sovereignty, as some people would like to think when we enter into relations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are rebuilding a couple, which were not in the original plans. We are building a new divisional headquarters in Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is a tough police area. The windows here weren’t working, doors weren’t working, and the police had old furniture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “This will be accompanied by other strategic, targeted and intelligence-driven security operations to bolster public safety, maintain public order, deter acquisitive and violent crimes, and further disrupt gangs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is the nature of gang wars that is affecting the entire urban centres. Where you have a place like Montego Bay, St James, and sections of the Corporate Area, gangs are endemic and it will take time, not only to change behaviour, but to root out gangs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “It is not going to happen overnight and we have to ensure that we have in place intense, strong security measures to disrupt their operations and then we can root them out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asked : “Every single social intervention medium that can be thought of, that has been done in Jamaica, has been done in Montego Bay. Every single one has been active, and the homicide rate moved from 12 per 100,000 to 182 per 100,000, so where is the success?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government firmly believes that law-abiding Jamaicans must be able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment without fear of criminal activity. This becomes even more pronounced at this time of the year when there are increased commercial, social and family-oriented activities taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Given the increase in commercial activities in anticipation of the end-of-year festivities in particular, this is a matter that the Government takes very seriously and we have taken steps to effectively address it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The Government firmly believes that law-abiding Jamaicans must be able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment, without fear of criminal activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government does not place a dollar value on any life. We do not estimate the value of these operations based on cost, but rather on the number of lives saved [and] the number of children and families which are spared from trauma. The Government will commit the necessary resources through the budget,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Given the legal implications, we had to discontinue any work under the [2004] MoU,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Ministry of National Security, Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Chambers embarked on intensive negotiations to ensure that we had an agreement that satisfied the lawful requirements of Jamaica. Mr Speaker, any such protocol for security cooperation must satisfy our Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that protects Jamaican citizens from arbitrary action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "Upon our arrival, the team observed a wooden structure fully engulfed with flames. Firefighting operations commenced immediately and during cooling down, what appears to be the remains of two bodies were discovered,” Vaccianna told The Gleaner. On Saturday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang visited the scene. Chang, the member of parliament for St James North Western is also acting as Head of Government in the absence of Prime Minister Andrew Holness who is now in China on a working visit. “It just reflects some of the social problems," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The SOEs by themselves do not create the costs. The conditions that exist in the declared areas create the costs since the types and levels of deployment are in response to these conditions, irrespective of SOEs or other types of response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We signed with our US partners a new agreement which we expect to satisfy the legal requirements of our Constitution, and will provide a strong basis for increased cooperation and operationalising all arrangements in fighting transnational criminal activity out of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I want to inform the House that this agreement with the United States was pursued with the full knowledge of the Cabinet. There was no secret arrangement, and we so inform the House today (Tuesday), having come to a conclusion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The updated TTMS will be a centralised, web-based platform that will improve the management of traffic tickets throughout the various stages – issuance of tickets, application of payments, demerit points, court fines, issuing of warrants, etc. The system will reflect in real time from the point the ticket is issued to an offender, to when it is either paid at the tax office or adjudicated in court,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “What’s happening is that a magnificent property… world-class attraction… has joined up with a world-class company with a great tradition in tourism,” “This is the kind of partnership that is bound to make Dunn’s River more attractive and which will certainly enhance our tourism product in a big way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Bike taxis are a primary means of transport in Little London and the west end. They are carrying three, four students on a bike. It is dangerous and unsafe, but none of it is legal so it is just for the police to apply the law. So, I would not interfere with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Dr Phillips’ call shows a lack of understanding of the current anti-corruption framework and the modern tenets of good governance, which requires politicians to not interfere with independent investigations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:20:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Dr Phillips’ call shows a lack of understanding of the current anti-corruption framework and the modern tenets of good governance, which requires politicians to not interfere with independent investigations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government maintains it will not interfere with any investigations and will not support the call by the opposition leader to undermine the credibility and authority of these independent bodies” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Through increased awareness...they will learn how to detect and report suspicious activities, particularly when dealing with online predators. With more reports of potential traffickers, the security forces will be better able to infiltrate and dismantle more trafficking rings in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 7, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Through increased awareness, especially among young people, they will learn how to detect and report suspicious activities, particularly when dealing with online predators. With more reports of potential traffickers, the security forces will be better able to infiltrate and dismantle more trafficking rings in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asked ( about Bay Community College ) : “Every single social intervention medium that can be thought of, that has been done in Jamaica, has been done in Montego Bay. Every single one has been active, and the homicide rate moved from 12 per 100,000 to 182 per 100,000, so where is the success?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 30, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “The primary purpose of the SOE is to reduce crime and violence, particularly murders. However, it is not something you can maintain forever in a community and, in fact, the shorter the time you have it, the better off you are,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “That is something we will be looking at as a part of our plan to take a look at the Noise Abatement Act and other issues relating to the entertainment sector,” “We consider entertainment an important and legitimate industry, and everyone is in agreement that reggae music is a significant component of Brand Jamaica” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An added dimension to this process is the development of a fleet management system that will provide greater transparency in the procurement and maintenance of the motor vehicles and motorbikes being utilised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force. This is part of the Government's thrust to not only equip the officers, but to implement systems that are sustainable, that enforce accountability, and that are in the best interest of Jamaica for generations to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is a value added of the new Traffic Ticket Management System. It allows officers of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch to access real-time reports that detail information on all the warrants that have been issued for an individual and flags the warrants that remain outstanding for that individual at any point in time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are equipping the members of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) with the right equipment and infrastructure and to optimise the performance of their duties,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As of October 2019, that will change … . This Government will fix the ticketing system. The revamped system will be web-based … . Public order and public safety will be brought to a new level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Continuing the rehabilitation of 186 police stations, we are going to knock down a few old ones and build new ones. A fleet-management system will be crucial to ensure the assets we acquire for the police force are properly maintained, kept in good order, and give the commanding officer the opportunity to monitor the work throughout the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The proposed handheld ticketing solution will comprise a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet and a mobile printer which will allow JCF officers to efficiently validate offenders’ driver’s license and vehicle registration, while facilitating the production of accurate and legible traffic tickets, significantly reducing data entry errors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Some stations are infested with rats. There are also leaking roofs and pipes all over,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I appeal to the contractors to do the work well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I think some urgent work was done over the last weekend by the NWA (National Works Agency). Unfortunately they waited until the last weekend, but it is helping,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was not too bad for the beginning and we expect the new traffic team, assigned by the police commissioner, will also make a difference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Up to this point Manor Park is running very smoothly, even though you could find more traffic later in the morning. With the opening of the two sides of the road in Manor Park it has become easier,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is really no debate. His style and his contribution to the development of the people of the constituencies he served and to Jamaica are well documented and highly acclaimed,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “All citizens are customers of the Government and we want them to feel comfortable and safe when they visit police stations, especially when making reports on sensitive criminal matters such as rape and murder,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is empirical evidence suggesting that there is a correlation between improved police performance and a decrease in murders, stemming from strategic and increased investments in the security forces. Under Project ROC we expect to mend the relationship between the police and the communities they protect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We send them out … and all we give them is a 9 millimetre [firearm]” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Jamaica Constabulary Force is under pressure, and the integrity of its members is being tested in extraordinary ways. While we can readily identify some of the sources of the pressure, it is equally important for us to implement adequate measures that will improve the efficacy, morale, and professionalism of our officers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We are working towards the establishment of a modern, relevant Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the new graduates will be able to inform and influence the outcome of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was necessary to do so, because we are currently operating without any of those tools under which those governments are operating with and doing some good work,” External link

nationnews Friday, August 2, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Many of them cannot bother with traditional learning, so they have to be reached via music and technology,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Unless we have public safety and public order and a country in which all our people … can feel safe, feel that they will stay here, work here, raise their family and ensure their children will in fact want to continue here, this country will continue to be retarded in development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What we will be doing at this centre in the heart of Flankers is to install one of the vehicle-training simulators that we have at the Caribbean Maritime University. It is a very valuable piece of equipment, and you can certify drivers of articulated vehicles and heavy-duty equipment on that machine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is a major demand for people who are trained in these kinds of operations, both locally and internationally, so you can get them into that type of training, which offers them job opportunities, gives them good-quality earnings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Having it (heavy-duty equipment training) being overseen by the JDF, you will begin to see changes in the behaviour pattern as well, which is what we need to do to ensure they not only get a good job but also be good ambassadors for Jamaica wherever they go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We think we will be able to offer the young males in the western region a much better opportunity, and I am sure and confident they will take it up. We will have a lot of them coming here — some 60 throughout the year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is already built; we have paid for it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The pull of the alternative culture in the community is still very strong, so we have to give them something that they are interested in, and the young men are not particularly keen on the room service and bartending that is now offered everywhere,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We will have a similar approach this year to ensure that the citizens in Montego Bay can have a good entertainment time, but we have to emphasise, as always, the Government's first responsibility, without any qualification, is to protect the lives of Jamaicans and stop the killing," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We made sure we do boundaries that take in the entire downtown, so nobody has to be left out of the programme," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Anti-Gang Legislation will have two of three final sittings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “As the case has evolved, he cannot be a candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We felt we’d watch the case unfold because it is a democracy; people support him. It’s a little bit different from his central responsibility, but the final resolution [rests] with the party selection committee and we review the cases as we go along and the circumstances surrounding individual candidates. We have laid out very stringent conditions for both financial and ethical issues for aspiring candidates,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are moving to establish a full formation of the National Service Corps in Montego Bay. ... We will cater to close to 500 young men on a yearly basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We know that we have a particular problem of keeping young men engaged in productive activity. The survey we did in Montego Bay states that nearly 70 per cent of our young males drop out [of school] by grade nine and, therefore, you have a body of people who are easily recruited into the wrong field – the gang culture and, of course, the underworld economic activities in St James, which is quite lucrative and, therefore, attractive to young men,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Many people are not aware that the Jamaica Defence Force does significant technical training, and not all these young men (potential recruits) will be inclined to get into military training, but they would do productive training in areas they feel attracted to,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Anti-Gang legislation will have two of three final sittings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 8, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are at Tier 2, and we want to get to Tier 1 fast, but there are some technical aspects of it, which takes a little time, in terms of legislation approach, plus there are some cultural differences,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The abuse of our women, our young boys, and young girls is a horrible crime that we are very concerned about, and we are making every effort to reduce the problem, and, hopefully, even get rid of it. It is one of the major crimes that I find most despicable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have specific bodies now working on it, and there is a Trafficking in Persons Task Force that monitors and works, and that body will continue to work,” “It (human trafficking) is a growing and horrendous crime that we have to take more steps to improve on” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Biological work is already beginning to give us significant results in the fight against crime. In recent circuit cases in Montego Bay, we had 22 convictions in one week, of which at least five depended on work done in the forensic lab,” “The informer-fi-dead culture is driving people away from identifying [suspects] and giving hard evidence. When the science aspect begins to take full effect, police investigation will begin to have the kind of evidence we need to take to court,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 5, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This modernisation will enable the IFSLM to increase its use of DNA and other biological evidence to solve crimes, by prosecuting offenders and exonerating the innocent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The public should know that the kind of forensic activity going on here is extensive, high-quality work and that DNA work is being done. But by getting the national database they can do the analyses much faster and more efficiently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “And increasingly it is becoming the key element [in solving crime] because of the challenges we face in Jamaica in getting witnesses because the 'informer fi dead' culture continues to drive people away from … giving hard evidence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are looking to close that facility and put up a new facility at Kitson Town. The conditions are extremely bad, and that is why we are closing it. I have to discuss with the commissioner of police, Major General Antony Anderson, as to when,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “Jamaica remains a major trans-shipment point for the narcotics trade. When placed in this context, proper monitoring, multimodal surveillance and increased border security become fundamental issues that must be addressed in our overall crime-fighting architecture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 24, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are now looking to the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for development around the central building. The NHT has enough resources … . We have enough finance to do what we are planning,” “The entire new town centre is a project which I know the Government is looking financing for on a public-private basis and that will provide us a sound foundation for further development” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 14, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are a number of things wrong with that. First, the delay is not only somewhat uncomfortable and disrespectful to the officers, but it’s a life-threatening delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “That is absolutely nonsense. Definitely not true,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Israel is one of the countries which have approached us and one that we are having discussions with. At the moment they might be assisting in setting up of a technology institute of some sort for training, but we have had no security agreement. Operationally the Israelis have done nothing in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I know the big concern has come from this thing involving the WhatsApp , which they (the Israelis) have the most advanced technology and it is alleged that this technology is being used by some people to breach the WhatsApp security, but we are not into that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “If we have to go that route and get that technology it will be public knowledge, and the appropriate governance will be put in place. But we don't have it, we have not acquired it, and we would not do it unless we have the appropriate governance in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Mentally ill people in prison is something we are dealing with from a point of view of returning them to where they should be – the hospital – and we are working with the Ministry of Health to get the Mental Health Act amended. I don’t even know what the procedure, is strictly speaking, but, unfortunately, they lock up the mentally ill people, which is a crazy thing to do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 31, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT



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prime minister3.94%EN12/15/201615/12/2016
general secretary65.35%EN06/06/201606/06/2016
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Desmond McKenzie said ( about Horace Chan ) : “This project will have no problem. There will be no dons and ‘donnetts’ on this site. There will be no extra pay bill to facilitate work. That will never happen in this constituency on this project; and as the MP, I am giving Minister Chang that commitment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Norman Brown said ( about Horace Chan ) : “Horace Chang is the builder of people. There is no person that has been around Horace Chang that he has not honed and improved, and he has made such a tremendous difference in our lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Horace Chan ) : “We have jurisdiction under the Public Health Act where we can cite establishments for allowing smoking in public, but also the minister of national security, my colleague Minister Chang, and I are having discussions as to how we can improve the enforcement mechanism. But I am prepared to say it is a problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Horace Chan ) : “Dr Horace Chang, then Minister without portfolio with that Ministry, pleaded with me and said, we can turn in around, and that agency has been turned around. It has been moved from a loss-making agency to with bad audit reports to an agency that is about to make a surplus. More than that they have now started to deliver housing solutions at the price point that people can afford,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 12, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Hon. Dr. Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Dr Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Hon. Dr. Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jis Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Horace Chan ) : “on Wednesday morning (July 3), I have a meeting with the public order committee under the chairmanship of n ational s ecurity m inister Dr Horace Chang, and we will be looking very seriously at the Noise Abatement Act and the issues that have been raised by the sector itself and all the players” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

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Horace Chan said : “Of course, we are faced with the traditional bottlenecks in the institutional organisation...that sometimes gets in the way of the Government's programme to institute changes that are required,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We are going to invest in the security forces as we have been doing, but there's a [long] way to go. After years of neglect, we have had to put in place significant financing and the job is not yet done, but the men and women are working hard and we'll ensure that we can get them to a place where they can deal with this effective criminal menace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are going to put resources in these areas of urban decay to offer the young people of these communities hope again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The work of the prime minister in setting up the National Service Corps, in extending training for the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART), ensuring that young people and in particular young men can see a future is crucial to overcoming this criminal issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It encompasses using science and providing the scientific proof ..., the autopsy suite will represent the last activity in a phase to create one of the finest institute of forensic science and legal medicine in the Western Hemisphere, and I can say that without giving technical details” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have to invest in the security services and the security forces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As a result of its significant body storage capacity, the autopsy suite will ensure that Jamaica is in a state of readiness to deal with any mass casualty event, such as natural disasters, large-scale accidents, pandemics, or other tragic incidents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 13, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “These communities contribute approximately 350 murders between January and August of this year. This is significant by any measure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In response to this reality, this administration has developed an all-of-government structure for social investment, with the understanding that by investing in the social development of the people it will result in strong human capital, which is a major plus for the future of this country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 11, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The others who have been released are identified and known gangsters. Several migrated immediately. Several have been shot in gang wars, and some have returned to incarceration because of their own acts and at this point, we have the evidence to lock them up,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This model we are using is already showing success and it is our aim to persevere,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is something fundamentally wrong in a society when those who serve and protect are treated with less regard than the criminals. As a country, we must understand that the police are not the enemy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "It takes a lot of time, work and effort by the police to contain those," "The reality in our situation is that if one of those conflicts jump out for a weekend, we can have anywhere from six to 10 murders," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We need as many police officers as possible on the front line of crime fighting. The people in the communities who are being tormented by gang violence need these police officers to protect them," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan confirmed : “It has been rescinded some time now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The people in the communities who are being tormented by gang violence need these police officers to protect them. Public officials who need this kind of protective support will benefit from a trained close-protection officer; they do not necessarily require a police officer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Children end up being collateral damage, as they would say in the ghetto. Elderly are being attacked; some are being labelled as informers … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As I had outlined in my contribution to this year's sectoral debate, the Government has issued a policy directive to reposition and strengthen social investments, in order to ensure meaningful, long-term impact on the lives of the people of the identified communities. This approach is based on the comprehensive, all-of-government structure for social investment under Plan Secure Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:28:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “St James fighting is inter-gang and inter-personal, and the difference between St James and the Corporate Area gangs is that [those in St James] are better resourced unlike Kingston, which tends to be more like on-the-ground turf conflict, such as extortion and control of the market space… where the police presence is enough to take control, and that has happened. In fact, the Corporate Area [murder rate] is quite stable and is trending down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “There has been improvement for the police, but even that is not enough. I think there needs to be more of a community response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “We have had some flare-up in central Kingston (31 murders so far this year, up from 24 for the same time last year) but again, police operations will get that under control,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “They are quite smart, and they organise in networks so the police presence is not enough to apprehend anybody. Secondly, they have resources, so by the time police get there they drive away to somewhere else and wait until the person moves, and they target people who they are in conflict with,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An entire cadre of police officers, who are sensitised and attuned to all forms of intimate-partner and family violence and who are adequately prepared to take mitigating steps, will be added to the programme in the coming months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An entire cadre of police officers, who are sensitized and attuned to all forms of intimate partner and family violence and who are adequately prepared to take mitigating steps, will be added to the programme in the coming months,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan contended : “UK … they have 33 murders in a population of nearly 100 million. When a gun murder happens, it becomes national news. When I have 30 per week, I feel good. Therefore, you cannot have the same principle,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “Our laws must reflect some of the Jamaican culture and realities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “Between 2015 and 2020, total serious crimes declined by approximately 24 per cent, moving from 6,667 in 2015 to 5,086 in 2020. This is the lowest recording of serious crimes in over 20 years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Over the last five years, serious crimes, which include murder, shooting, rape, robbery, and break-ins, have declined by an average of five per cent per annum,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was not only frustrating, but instructive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In order for real progress to be made, a shift in the scope and reach of any social investment must first be institutionalised. It was for this reason that the Government developed a comprehensive, all-of-government structure for social investment under Plan Secure Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “In order to achieve the sustainable crime reduction that we need, we must, as a matter of priority, reconsider and reposition our crime prevention efforts. We must learn from our past experience and do better as we move forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “After today [Friday], we can say we are not only the best resort but the best in the region with Harmony Park” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Bull Bay station is likely to be demolished in development of the south coast highway. Therefore, there will have to be a new station quickly. The station covers a wide area with several challenging areas and therefore we have to have quick reconstruction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “Any contribution of that sort that comes into the country does not go into the consolidated fund. It never goes there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “I don't know anybody who has made any sensible offer that we have rejected… and we welcome any help from the Diaspora, as we did in the case I spoke about earlier,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “They are free to raise the money, but they would have to give it to the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, and through that to the police commissioner's office. I told them that in my recent town hall meeting with them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Everything must come through the appropriate channels, which is the embassy and then to the commissioner's office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government has put $54 billion in the police over the past four years because we are avoiding that kind of pettifogging thing with the police. We are going to equip them as we have done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government's position is that proposals to assist the police force from the Diaspora must come through the appropriate channel, which is the embassy, and then it is directed to the appropriate channel which is the commissioner's office,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Team ) : “By virtue of the surveillance cameras... the New Kingston Mobile Patrol One moved in and the Quick Response Team (QRT) responded. The men shot at the police, and the police, who are well-trained, responded and two were fatally shot,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The JLP stands by its message of respect and regard for women," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “Jamaica has some of the best crime-fighting expertise in the world and I cannot see any possible avenue to engage the diaspora expertise to help fight crime in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are in the process of having a new Firearms Act, which will increase the penalty for not only illegal possession and use of firearms [but] also trading and manufacturing. We are looking at a number of other pieces of legislation, so we can have a more robust legislative framework in dealing with crime,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are two aspects to this programme, as in the medium term, what we are looking at is keeping the economy turning. Once there is increased economic activity, it will mean less crime and fewer people on the road where they could get caught up in illegitimate activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Keeping the economy going in the face of what is happening is very important, and it does contribute to public order and reducing crime and criminal activity, and that is the first power of this programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In the modern world, where work is very demanding, a father who has to spend two hours in a line at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is better off spending that time with his son doing homework and other things, and carrying out his role as a father figure. It does create a better family atmosphere, and it provides additional employment for service-delivery people, so there is a win-win situation here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Recovering the soul of our nation requires that a strong message is sent to those who prey on our citizens, including women and children, that they will be met with the full force of the law and will be brought to justice,” “The Government will not be deterred by naysayers who attempt to impose stumbling blocks in the way of proven, credible and strong measures intended to reduce murders in the island,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Discussions will be held and we’ll see how we can proceed. I’m not going to give instruction like this in public space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Recovering the soul of our nation requires that a strong message is sent to those who prey on our citizens, including women and children, that they will be met with the full force of the law and will be brought to justice,” “The Government will not be deterred by naysayers who attempt to impose stumbling blocks in the way of proven, credible, and strong measures intended to reduce murders in the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The [plans] this year are to complete the design, acquisition work and the environmental studies that are required, and all that is progressing satisfactorily,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan indicated : “It is a challenge in terms of traffic in Montego Bay, but we have to do it right,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The location of those people in Roaring River is still inappropriate and could lead to contamination at a later stage, so the logical thing is to move them downstream, because they are currently located at the head of the water source,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 15, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In the public space, the area that the population feel most unsafe is at the ATMs. As banks expand ATM network across the country, they need to take this into consideration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “These particular statistics suggest concern because individuals who are not banked may not want to get into the banking system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “can no longer give instructions. Some will start in a week, then later on, all of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “Discussions will be held and we’ll see how we can proceed. I’m not going to give instruction like this in public space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “can no longer give instructions. Some will start in a week, then later on, all of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We were planning on doing something significant this year, but it cannot be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The entire new town centre is a project which I know the Government is looking financing for on a public-private basis, and that will provide us a sound foundation for further development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “While they missed the airstrip, they would have had some connection down there that picked them up and whisked them out of the area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “It would be a very small post, and you’re really subjecting your members of the force to the influence of a pretty heavily resourced network of criminality that operates out of Rocky Point,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What they are doing will not get them into that kind of space,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have not yet reached the state of executing fully our cyber programme. It needs a lot of things, not only money and budget, but legislation to go fully,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “none of the critical associated government points were affected, for example PICA” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “A democratically elected government cannot be vetoed in carrying out executive action in the face of a crisis and should not be in a democratic society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Gun Court ) : “He [the judge] had made some comments, but we have to go to the Court of Appeal to get their call,” “We are confident we will be successful in dealing with it there. Of course, we may have to look at some of the regulations, which is a different issue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “that none of the critical associated government points were affected, for example, PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency)” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Those are things that will be brought into the system. The smuggling, the trading, the manufacturing, modifications, and the paraphernalia that go with that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have the capacity to do that over the next few hours, and it will be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It goes back to the level of lawlessness... gangs taking over communities, capturing and murdering people... burning down homes and running people out,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “this is the first Government to put in place such a robust security plan, with the necessary institutional arrangements to ensure a sustainable, whole-of-government approach to the social investment and social transformation component of crime fighting” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan acknowledged : “it is a bit frustrating that you don’t have the levels [of decrease] that you would like to see” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The fact is, although we have put in $42 billion to ensure we have a modern police force and modern supporting agencies in terms of the Integrity Commission, MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) and the Jamaica Defence Force and all the other agencies that are involved in the fight against crime and corruption, the legislative framework must be strong. It is an area we have neglected,” “The process itself is challenging, and the Opposition recognises this, and I thank them for that support, but it is something that we are taking steps to improve on with immediacy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I have identified four pieces for the end of this financial year, and they are proceeding, and we expect to meet those deadlines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Freedom doesn’t mean that now that we are our own masters, we have the privilege to do what we want in any way to hurt each other,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Whether in Montego Bay, the Corporate Area or Westmoreland, many of them had to be removed from the school system for indiscipline and other reasons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Jamaica Defence Force is an institution that every Jamaican can be proud of, in terms of its integrity, professionalism and a level of discipline that I think all Jamaicans respects and understand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is not so much to train them in the military, but to engage them through the Jamaica National Service Corps, which we want to maintain at a good level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government is also looking to expand the offerings of the national service corps. We see the need, now, not only for skills training, but for character development, and the JDF, as an institution, is one of the finest in terms of orienting and developing character and offering an opportunity for our young people from challenged backgrounds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The friendship between Jamaica and China is strong and long-lasting,” “Jamaica shares a number of firsts with China, and in very short order, workers from that Asian country will be engaged in the construction of the Montego Bay perimeter roadway” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told ( about Andrew South ) : “If you take the border from Bull Bay and come across all of Kingston and sections of St Andrew to Maverley, it's almost anarchy down there at this point in time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “If it were older gangsters who were seasoned criminals we would have mayhem and more people would be killed. But these are youngsters who fire into a crowd so we end up with five people shot in the leg, and that is what they are doing in east Kingston, central Kingston, west Kingston. And as you put the police in one area, they move to another area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The rate of killings in that belt right now is frightening, and the way the gangs operate also demands that we have the soldiers in there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The immediate response is to put more [security] assets in the particular areas. We will call on the army to boost the resources, but that is the central challenge we have — because after you move them from another area you find people slip into these areas and cause problems. But, we have to do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “You know that there is a particular problem in west Kingston with the Scream Corner Gang and the Young Generation Gang, so we are going to put some focus on the gangs and the leadership of the gangs; we will be doing some more targeted operations. You have to just put your assets and go after them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “And then there is the Top Jungle versus Bottom Jungle, with the remnants of the Fatherless and Socks gangs who are at odds,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Because the politics is no longer there….The gangsters do not depend on PNP [People's National Party] or JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] areas. All of them are forming alliances across the land,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Andrew South ) : “So that will be done effectively in the next few days. But you cannot move assets from say, South St Andrew because that division has an ongoing rollover conflict which requires significant assets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 8, 2021 2:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Look, we are aware that planes are flying through the Jamaica space, and a lot of illegal ones are going through as well. Some, once they realise that we identify them, they will change route, and others get through the system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 8, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “My intention is to begin to look not at case management, but at family management, and the easiest way to access the family is through the mothers’ (antenatal health) clinics and the schools because, once you identify a child at this level, you can begin to identify the problems in the family and hopefully, we’ll solve them with other means,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are here at the Flankers Primary and Infant School dealing with children that are being challenged and working with the primary schools around the community as opposed to waiting until you get the person committed,” “This exercise is designed to prevent the process of recruitment, where young men in particular, who feel like they have no stake in the society and who from primary schools are channelled on a route that sends them in the wrong direction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “This is one mechanism, but the other is to get the public services to these people in their communities. The services that were designed to assist these people, they are not getting it – education, quality healthcare, and the small but still important social safety net, which Government provides,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The trend remains fairly flat when we compare the January 1 to 31, 2021 (131 murders) to January 1 to 31, 2020 (120 murders). In January 2019 there were 149 murders. These statistics for January 2021 are deeply concerning, but they do not indicate a spike,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “What is noticeable is that countries ranked below Jamaica have implemented special security measures that we have not adopted” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Much work has been done to control that and much crime has been stopped because of the interventions, but there is more work to be done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So the actions we are taking to provide a system to protect them is ongoing but we have to ultimately come to a point where we find a high security prison that we can put specially vetted individuals. It has started, it won't finish this financial year but it will be done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan insisted : “We have had to spend a lot of security time to prevent the killings, some have gone through but many have been stopped,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have to refurbish a prison [and] it is going to cost us $320 million for them specifically,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “COVID has kind of interrupted it so it is not going to finish in the first half of this year. We are looking at one of the detention centres and changing it into a high-security prison,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have indicated clearly to the crime consensus committee that I have engaged extensively with the Minister of Justice who has responsibility for elements of getting legislation done and the Attorney General’s Department and reorganise our own policy team and we are now pushing aggressively and will ensure that those pieces of legislation will be brought to the House this year starting this quarter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, the police have to be able to do pretty much the same. You surround a community and you find those who are carriers of criminal activities, and if necessary, detain them to save lives,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 1, 2021 3:11:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, the police have to be able to do pretty much the same. You surround a community and you find those who are carriers of criminal activities, and if necessary, detain them to save lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Importantly, the marking of firearms will support broad crime fighting efforts, as the relevant state agencies will now be able to track weapons that are used to commit criminal offences and those that have been seized and/or recovered, to the importer or owner. This will also allow the ready identification of licit firearms and those that have been illicitly trafficked into the country” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 10:40:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “We want to give the police the requisite legal tools to deal with our nation's crime problems and so we are reviewing the anti-gang legislation as well” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 10:40:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Since its establishment in 2018, MOCA has consistently conducted its investigations and operations with the highest level of quality and integrity, and has always done so independently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “MOCA continues to demonstrate diligence in fulfilling its mandate to target organised crime and corruption, and to investigate and corroborate the evidence necessary to prosecute perpetrators of these serious crimes, including cyber-crimes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This will be done not only by increasing the boots on the ground, but also through the establishment of credible and highly specialised law enforcement institutions, such as MOCA,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Since its establishment in 2018, MOCA has consistently conducted its investigations and operations with the highest level of quality and integrity, and has always done so independently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over this weekend, we have seen 25 killings across Jamaica – two triple and a double, including the triple here in St James, the triple in Allman Town, and the double in the Olympic Gardens area. The police intend to increase activities and we are not deterred by these kinds of brazenness,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have had five curfews in Montego Bay since January 1, which means for 10 out of the 18 days [in January] we have had sections of Montego Bay under curfew control. We have had nine cordon-and-search operations, external to those operations. There are [also] five joint operational teams on the ground, led by superintendent and officers of the army in Cambridge, Montego Bay and Barrett Town, all covered by heavy security presence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will be looking at some of the legislation we have to bring up-to-date. We know we have been a bit behind in that. We have been slow in bringing forward legislation. We have refocused the relevant agencies and will be bringing several legislations to the house very quickly during this first quarter or the year, including a new Firearms Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about James West ) : “Over this weekend, we have seen 25 killings across Jamaica – two triple and a double, including the triple here in St James, the triple in Allman Town, and the double in the Olympic Gardens area. The police intend to increase activities and we are not deterred by these kinds of brazenness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Growing up they say 'it begins within the home' and this is exactly the kind of cycles we combat every day and the same cycles we endeavour to break, and the kind of cycles families should lash out against” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It means when you travel with the Jamaican passport, the receiving country can accept that passport with a level of confidence that this is a passport that is valid and that it was issued correctly,” “As a small island developing state, we punch bigger than our size” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 22, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I urge community members with information about these killings to come forward and lend support to the police so we can eradicate these criminals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This particular incident was sharp, brutal and reflected a level of violence that has penetrated the Jamaican society. These criminals behave in an almost savage way and that is a result of the failure of our society in preserving aspects of social order,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The activities in the zones have been substantial and meaningful to the people in these areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But there are still a number of significant activists and supporters out there, who are well-armed and brutal in their approach,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are now going to take steps to institute a security curfew beyond the Disaster Risk Management curfew and we are seeking the full support of the business community because we know it will disrupt commerce, but the gang war will do worst disruption to commerce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 2:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are now going to take steps to institute a security curfew beyond the Disaster Risk Management curfew and we are seeking the full support of the business community because we know it will disrupt commerce, but the gang war will do worst disruption to commerce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The loss of life of any police officer in the line of duty is always a matter of profound sadness. We urge motorists and pedestrians to exercise vigilance and extreme caution on the road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 11, 2020 10:04:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “It is an absorption of the PCOA by the PSC. It will be done. It requires Constitutional amendment, as it [the commission] is a deeply entrenched part of the Constitution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 11, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I assure you, you will get those legislation in place because it is critical for me to get the kind of sustainable reduction in criminal activities and provide the police force with the tools required ... . We have just gone through a very bad week, where savagery and fatality of the criminal gangs in Jamaica is [on show],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “If you want to do it without those states of emergency, you will have to build a police state. That would mean giving the police and the army manpower in the region of 100,000 to be everywhere at all times, fully equipped,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is the only division since the lifting of the states of emergency on August 17 that has seen a reduction in homicides,” “While we continue to see improvement, we still need enhanced security measures in St James – not only in St James, we need it elsewhere in the island more rapidly” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Critically, we are creating a framework for the implementation of transparent, evidence-based solutions, which will be monitored consistently in order to achieve clearly defined and time-sensitive outcomes. That is the government’s commitment to the people of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “When we examine the profile of persons detained within our adult correctional facilities, we observe that offenders below 25 years of age represented 20.4 per cent of the overall population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “No fountain in Jamaica is properly maintained. They have, in the main, been receptacles for garbage and bathrooms for people of unsound mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “No fountain in Jamaica is properly maintained. They have, in the main, been receptacles for garbage and bathrooms for people of unsound mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 3, 2020 10:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:43:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Indeed we note that there have been increasing attacks on the police… but the objective of the police is to professionally find evidence… apprehend, prosecute and lock them away,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “At times we have seen a deliberate and orchestrated attack on police officers. We do not condone the behaviour but we understand why and we are prepared and we are not allowing it to deter us from our fight,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “It is a completely different event than the killing of Prekeh, a terrorist who captured a community, killed dozens of people and extorted and raped members of a community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “When all of them [killings by the security forces] are put on the same page and it is published in the international news… the narrative and the message of a police force that is brutal and insensitive is being conveyed. It is totally incorrect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We do need the additional tool,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ) : “The JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) has some 8,000 men. They are from the society we are in. All recruits would have been vetted, and there is continuous monitoring and training, but with the kind of money involved with drugs, they (drug dealers) pursue it aggressively, and I am sure they’ll find someone to break rank, and that’s what happened in St Elizabeth,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “When criminals lose that kind of money, they begin to fight back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ) : “They would go out of their way to engage somebody in the JDF, and the Jamaica Defence Force of 8,000 men [and women], they are from the society we are in. All recruits are vetted and there is continuous monitoring and training, but with the kind of money involved in drugs, if they [the drug dealers] pursue it aggressively, I am sure that they will find somebody to break ranks, and that is what happened in St Elizabeth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “But the big drug dealers are going to make every attempt to corrupt the entire legal system in Jamaica, and they have the money to do it. What we have to do is to take steps to prevent it and mitigate the damage,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In fact, we have nowhere to store them at this time, and what we noticed is that there is a significant fightback by the criminals… It is quite unusual, and it means that they are hurting by the volume of seizures taking place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We have no interest in hiding the facts because the facts are what will ensure that we can get the buy-in from the public and they can also hold us accountable for what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It's a combination of security and development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When the citizens feel safe, it will increase their cooperation with the police. They [security forces] will be able to disrupt the gangs, find them, prosecute them and get them off the streets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are tools in the toolkit and we are using them and we will continue using them. We will have to expand some; the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) are there, we have them in four areas, and I think it is an excellent law, as it focuses on particular areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “That process has been somewhat intercepted by the COVID activity where we have put into that some $4 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “What we have is a scenario where you take out one generation and the other replaces it, and that brings about conflicts as to who will lead. The police response is to get rid of the entire cohort of criminal actors,” “We want to find them, find the evidence, lock them up and get them off the streets where we will then begin to see the downward trend in crime that we are all looking for. But yes, the Corporate Area is proving a challenge, but I know the commissioner and his team are looking at how we control that problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Traffic disorder is a big problem. We are leaning towards a policy where, if a driver does not pay for traffic offences, he will not be licensed and will not be given fitness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I won’t comment on it now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 21, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Today, I want to commend the Office of the National Rapporteur in launching this eLearning Centre and Resource Library,” “Knowledge is maybe the most powerful tool that we can use to fight this horrible crime. The more the wider society understands the challenge it provides, the nature of the crime, and can have access to reliable and credible information, the more likely we are to overcome this challenge” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “The mood is for Andrew to stay as prime minister,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 3, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The structure change is much anticipated and it was faster than my expectation,” External link

business-standard Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The structure change is much anticipated and it was faster than my expectation,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, August 21, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “This kind of agreement with our partners is critical to the work of the security forces,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are still too many individuals who have the common expression, ‘Jamaica beat COVID,’ but we have to encourage the society to recognise that the pandemic still poses a major risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Security guards will be called in to ensure protocols are maintained. We don't necessarily expect police officers to be everywhere monitoring who will be wearing mask and who will be maintaining social distance and certainly we can engage elements of the security guards system to work with us to ensure we maintain protocols...it is critical to maintain the protocols to control the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "There is a full protocol being put out by the Ministry of Health, and we will publish that very soon. We are going to do a booklet on it and circulate it to our candidates," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 10, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will never provide anything but the best when it comes to equipping the men and women of the police force,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over the one-year period since we undertook this strategic change, the establishment of the Specialised Operations Branch has had tangible and impactful results. Of note, we would have seen the uptick in the number of high-powered weapons that have been seized by the police in recent months,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “You will recall that several high-value targets have been apprehended over the one-year period from August 2019 to present. This has been primarily as a result of the tactical, persistent, and intelligence-lead operations of the police, while observing the law,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We will never provide anything but the best when it comes to equipping the men and women of the police force,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Over the one-year period since we undertook this strategic change, the establishment of the Specialised Operations Branch has had tangible and impactful results. Of note, we would have seen the uptick in the number of high-powered weapons that have been seized by the police in recent months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “You will recall that several high-value targets have been apprehended over the one-year period from August 2019 to present. This has been primarily as a result of the tactical, persistent, and intelligence-lead operations of the police, while observing the law,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not supposed to have a crowd. We ask for not more than a certain amount of people to come, but people come out spontaneously, so we had to give them masks,” “We have insisted every time we went on the stage that they should wear masks, and we have given the candidates masks to hand out, which they did” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Access to real-time information becomes essential in the work of these agencies, where preserving the lives of Jamaicans and protecting lives in extreme situations, in particular, like kidnapping, are encountered,” “In the current situation, only the minister is entitled to seek immediate, real-time information. The normal course of acquisition indicates that you seek a warrant then proceed to get the information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Access to real-time information becomes essential in the work of these agencies where preserving the lives of Jamaicans and protecting lives in extreme situations, in particular like kidnapping, are encountered,” “In the current situation, only the minister is entitled to seek immediate real-time information. The normal course of acquisition indicates that you seek a warrant then proceed to get the information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is imperative that we provide our security forces with all the resources that are available in order for them to effectively carry out their duties. Criminal organisations involve in acts of extreme violence and activities like kidnapping are real threats to a society,” “By approving these designates, we are improving the response capabilities of our security forces to effectively intervene in these life-and-death situations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The statistics on that I wouldn’t seek because it doesn’t carry a lot of weight. What carries weight is the gun and how many people it kills. So, you know that particular gun, so you need to find it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When the citizens feel safe, it will increase their cooperation with the police. They will be able to disrupt the gangs, find them, prosecute them, and get them off the streets ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Maintaining public order and social stability, enforcing the law, disrupting gangs and apprehending heavily armed perpetrators are not optional for our police officers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The JCF reports that all major crimes are down, including murders. The security experts report that the states of public emergency have been successful in as much as they have added to the plethora of other counter-gang, anti-crime and public order measures that the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been implementing. The SOEs (states of emergency) do not replace these other necessary security measures – they add to them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are putting in place, for the first time in an institution that has some 186 facilities across the island, a fleet of 1,500 motor cars, and a number of critical infrastructure pieces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have for years lived with this system of blaming indiscipline on the road on police officers who own taxis because we have an inefficient system – a system that does not work. You get a ticket, you don’t pay it, nothing happens. We have individuals driving on the road with 1,000 tickets and nothing is done about holding them accountable. It will be corrected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This kind of activity is critical to monitoring, not only the efficiency of entering our country, but also ensuring that our borders are safe and we can monitor the throughput of criminal activities that may be coming through,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “I can say with confidence, if we don’t get the money to borrow from China, and we are only borrowing because we made a commitment to borrow, and we don’t vary our words in Government, but if it doesn’t come on time, we will have the money to build the road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government of Jamaica will fund the road if we do not get the money to borrow, and we will start this road during the course of the next financial year. I can inform this meeting that the Cabinet has signed off on the contract. That much we can tell you. For years, we talked about this road and we never settled on anything to finance it, but we now have a route,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “With an increased capacity to police territorial waters, Jamaica will be in a better position to turn its attention more aggressively towards developing its blue economy, which is critical to economic resilience,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, June 26, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “With an increased capacity to police territorial waters, Jamaica will be in a better position to turn its attention more aggressively towards developing its blue economy, which is critical to economic resilience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is quite a possibility you would think. It has always been expected that the prime minister would call and election as soon as possible. Because logics say he has handled the COVID-19 crisis good so far and they want to get the bounce,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This will never happen to any Jamaican citizen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But from then, as a graduating medical student, I would have asked what would happen to the people who are mentally ill and incarcerated, because the forensic psychiatric unit was closed with nothing to replace it,” “That’s where the problem started and just ended up in this kind of disaster,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have noticed increasing alliances between gangs across community, geographic borders, and even political boundaries, which signals a level of cooperation between the gangs as they struggle over spoils whether extortion, imported weapons, or other criminal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 15, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "They struggle over spoils, extortion or imported weapons and other criminal activity that feed the economy of the gangs. It generates increasing homicides and certainly for this year we have seen the number of murders in the KMR region stand at more than 55 per cent of the total for the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 14, 2020 10:35:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Criminals have no rules, so while the police officers have to be mindful of their professional standards and citizens’ rights while carrying out such operations, the criminals who infest our community and plague our citizens are oftentimes feared and shoot with impunity wherever they are,” “They are brutal in their activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 13, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have some very valued partners in the national area, but unless we do work with the foundation with our resources in our manner and in our culture, we will not succeed in the long term. There was a proposal at one point for a prison from an international partner that we did not accept. We are looking at doing this with Jamaican financing and Jamaican personnel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is known that men in incarceration will get access to cell phones, and they direct their operations from inside the prison from time to time. We are taking steps to correct that now, but the new prison will have to have that kind of facility,” “We need a maximum-security prison where we can lock up a number of the leaders safe and away from their contacts and prevent them from investing and creating outside” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We appreciate this gesture as it will support the Ministry’s effort to ensure that our frontline workers are protected as they seek to protect the community during this COVID-19 Pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Chinese community has contributed greatly by not only providing equipment but also by continuing to provide care packages and jobs to Jamaicans in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are even remodelling our police stations to include an interview room where reports of domestic violence or possible cases of domestic violence may be discussed privately” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What we had was inappropriate because they were taking the police’s face and had other issues, and, of course, the poor officers would be charged with trying to mislead the public. We are in the process of identifying the appropriate instrument and reordering because we need a large amount of cameras, - about 1,200 for starters - but we will need more than that,” “You will realise that the commissioner wears a different-style uniform in recent times because the original uniform design just couldn’t accommodate the cameras” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 1, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The wider issue of concern is that this happened not in an ISIS area, where the soldiers come in and start acting, the level of violence in August Town unfortunately creates the system where this can happen. Right after this I am going to visit the family where three people were shot and this by criminals in the community so when the security forces have to operate with the gunfire around them, it creates a very difficult situation for them to operate in, this can never be justified but it can be understood what is happening here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There's no doubt that the party and country have lost a champion who devoted a significant portion of her life to serving her nation and people, and she did so with great distinction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Jamaica’s standing in terms of its ability to deal with this virus is one of the best in the globe, and we have taken steps to bring all our nationals home in a very short period of time,” “By the end of the month, we should have them all back home. They all want to come, and no one can blame them because Jamaica is safer than elsewhere because we did things right,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ) : “There is an ongoing dialogue with nine cruise lines. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and the Jamaica Government are coordinating to see how best we can deal with the requests,” “There are 88 countries with Jamaican nationals. Not all want to come home, but for those who want to, we have to see how fast we can bring them home. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is at work dealing with the logistics” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There must not be any kind of spike. It must be borne in mind that the economy is at risk, and nothing must be done to damage it,” “The present protocol surrounding the provisions of samples for testing will continue for other arriving nationals” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "In the last 30 years, we have developed a gang culture and some of it has to do with the high rate of dropouts in our males out of high school from about grade nine. That therefore provides a large body of young males who are not very productive. Some of them don't have any skill level and those who have jobs, do not get ones that pay them the amount of money that they want. So they get caught up in the grey area of the economy which pays good money; whether it is drugs, scamming or just riding shotgun with somebody who is doing the business," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Three hundred and twenty-three or 83 per cent of the total criminal gangs in operation were classified as 'first generation’ gangs - by virtue of their loose and unsophisticated leadership. These gangs are also identified by the fact that their main focus was on turf protection and control for financial gains,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “According to the NIB, there were no 'third generation' gangs in operation in Jamaica. These are gangs with broad reach, often across international borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In many communities across the island, gang members enjoy strong community support which makes it difficult to isolate them. Even so, over the last three years, there has been a significant increase in the number of gang members identified, apprehended, and prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Three hundred and twenty-three or 83 per cent of the total criminal gangs in operation were classified as 'first generation’ gangs - by virtue of their loose and unsophisticated leadership. These gangs are also identified by the fact that their main focus was on turf protection and control for financial gains,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “According to the NIB, there were no 'third generation' gangs in operation in Jamaica. These are gangs with broad reach, often across international borders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In many communities across the island, gang members enjoy strong community support which makes it difficult to isolate them. Even so, over the last three years, there has been a significant increase in the number of gang members identified, apprehended, and prosecuted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I don’t think it is factual [that they will arrive in Jamaica on Sunday]. I will check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because as far as we are aware, it is not so, and to prevent the rumours, I am commenting on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In fact, if it were true, they would have had to set sail already, and I am not aware of any of that,” “All well-thinking Jamaicans, including those on the ships, should know we can’t just bring them in and let them loose on the population, and bear in mind, even if we find the hotel rooms for 2,000 people over 14 days at US$100 a day, it’s a nice chunk of money, where we are already short $120 billion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The goal is to enable faster and more specialised responses by enhancing our surveillance capacity,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The goal is to enable faster and more specialised responses by enhancing our surveillance capacity," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 1, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As a society, we need to embrace a collaborative strategy and make greater efforts to prevent conflict and promote peace and non-violence within our communities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 27, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "The Ministry reiterates that public gatherings, including parties, are strictly prohibited under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which has been in effect since Friday, March 13. An investigation will be launched into the breaches of this Act," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As you have noticed, we have acquired some hotel rooms for quarantine and after we have processed them we will move them to a more permanent location for the next 14 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “They will help us to complete Fort Augusta as a long-term quarantine facility, but it won't make it for this group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We have actually set up a protocol for our returning residents, who are Jamaicans wanting to come back home. We are going to expand that and we are using some hotel rooms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “COVID means the economy is going down, but we will just have to redirect some funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are preparing, so that as necessary or when necessary, we will be able to accept them in the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “In this case [the TCI patient], we had a medical emergency. A life-and-death situation is completely different from the ship,” “It’s a different case all together, completely different. The two things can’t be treated the same way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asserted : “He went back home [after the surgery] and developed significant complications, which required intensive care treatment. There is a legal and moral obligation to bring him back to the university [hospital] and treat him for a procedure that was done in Jamaica recently,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "There will be controlled re-entry while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols," External link

jamaica-star Friday, April 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government is dedicated to the safety of all Jamaicans and continues to make necessary adjustments to recent sanctions under the Disaster Risk Management Act,” “The Government understands the public’s concern regarding the repatriation of fellow Jamaicans to the country during this time. However, we continue to be guided by our health officials and security forces to uphold best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “acts like these demonstrate the length at which these criminals will go to perpetrate violence against our most vulnerable, particularly our women” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I am confident that these criminals will be brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “But we are preparing – as is necessary or when necessary – in the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We have been able to delay the entrance of a number of deportees, but we will have to accept them at some point. In fact, I expect that we will have to accept them within a week or two,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “At the same time, we can’t afford to push our public health system into a crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “acts like these demonstrate the length at which these criminals will go to perpetrate violence against our most vulnerable, particularly our women” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The items included supplies of benefit to first responders treating with cases of the deadly virus as well as the vulnerable in the community, some of whom are very poor, and could save some lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “When you have an emergency you have to weigh public good versus private… I don't think there is anybody who would object to it. But, of course, there would be the persons who would seek to challenge it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So our job is to find those people and inform them of their potential damage and protect both them and their communities, and their families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The coronavirus could peak in six or eight weeks. Whenever it peaks and settles down, the country must go on,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not standing down, but we are not going to be doing any campaigning either,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are not standing down, but we are not going to be doing any campaigning either,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The coronavirus could peak in six or eight weeks. Whenever it peaks and settles down, the country must go on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “When you are part of the civil service, you are to get the permission of your permanent secretary, and you resign during the election period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “The imminent presence of it must impact our thinking. Once it hits us, it’s a national crisis of the sort we have not seen for a long time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So, we have to focus. The coronavirus will impact the individual population and the broader economy, so there has to be focus on all aspects,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about error ) : “The last time we were ahead by 11 per cent, so it’s still within the margin of error, and we said we were eight to 11 points ahead. ... We are Government, and those looking out will look on the weaknesses, whatever you do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Once you get on the road in terms of more widespread campaigning, we would see a strengthening of our position, but overall, at this point I don’t think that’s a bad position to be in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Today, you are being formally inducted into the annals of one of Jamaica's most long-standing, tried and tested institutions. The JCF is Jamaica's premier law enforcement authority. You should be proud to be named among the elite men and women who are charged with maintaining and enforcing the laws of our country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “All this will be at your fingertips, while you are on duty on the road. This will undoubtedly improve your efficiency and capacity to deal with law breakers. We are investing in equipping you (officers) of the JCF, for effective service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Graduates, as you join the ranks of the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force – the most valuable asset in our security arsenal – I commend your commitment to serve and protect Jamaican lives, communities, businesses and families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “You can look at the results at the end of the year where you would expect to move a school from failing to success; where you can look at the Grade Four Literacy exam; where many of these schools are below 30 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan admitted : “All 20 could not be done this year. We don’t have the human capacity to manage 20 zones,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “If you work assiduously with the new programme – which we are doing – we will be able to get them up to 80 and 90 per cent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are putting in place a strong facilities maintenance programme, known as I-Request. This will ensure that there is effective maintenance and continuous monitoring so that we can hold persons accountable. It will be a software that even I will be able to monitor submissions made from police stations in any part of the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Currently, we write a ticket by a police officer and it either goes into the system or it doesn’t go, or it disappears somewhere because of something happening. What we’re seeking to do is to ensure that we can build out connectivity between a small machine that they write the ticket on, to the police control centre, to the tax office, and to the Island Traffic Authority,” “Once the ticket is written, nobody can take it out of the system again … . Once you write the ticket in a tablet that we are planning to give every police officer, it will also give them a real-time connection to the police database that they can identify vehicles that may be involved in criminal activity” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Montego Bay has had a major challenge with the evolution of a huge amount of squatting. At one stage, we had about 20 squatter settlements. While they [residents] have created an entrepreneurial spirit, it has created a lot of problems for Montego Bay. This is what we have to seek to correct,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Bay Chamber ) : “There are no services in the informal settlements in Montego Bay, so everybody crowds downtown ... so it must be overcrowded ... It must be dirty,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "Jamaica has left this sort of politics in the past," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 24, 2020 8:06:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “These transnational crimes fall within the purview of the Coast Guard, who patrol the high seas, and the maritime fleet on the shoreline, and they have been reaping considerable success in interdicting drug boats,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 10, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “When the Coast Guard interdicts a drug boat, they are also interdicting guns, but you never get the guns because the smugglers dump them overboard,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 10, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are providing officers with tools such as non-lethal weapons and modern technology to expand the security force’s crime-fighting capacity,” “I am confident that once the officers are given the right tools and better working conditions, they will be more efficient in carrying out their duties” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We've established an election period and proceed to nominate our candidate. The PNP say they are not contesting; that's their choice. Our decision is not dependent on the PNP's actions. We have a vacant seat and we are going to put up a candidate for it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan argued : “The entire system is designed to put them at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. That's the education system we inherited and we have not done enough to change it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “A review is being done on how we approach social intervention in the communities to ensure that we can tackle some of the deep-rooted social dysfunction issues that lead to this kind of brutal and insensitive act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan observed : “It is on this basis why the Government took the position to make significant investments in security services, and it has its risks as well as its benefits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Commissioner of Police and I are concerned about the continued violence and we will be using all available resources to bring criminals to justice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Existing legislation such as the Sexual Offences Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act are amended to further protect our women, children, the disabled and the elderly against crime and violence,” “The legal authority is also being strengthened to bring the perpetrators to justice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The entire system is designed to put them at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder; that is, the education system we have inherited, and we have not done enough to transform and change it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I’m looking towards putting one of the new STEM schools in that area. In the initial stages, we may very well make it a boys’ school, because we have a real challenge for space for boys in St James, and we have a real challenge for education for young males,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We regret the loss of life and would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I make no apology for saying that the current mechanism of social intervention has not worked [and] is not working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 27, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This bill is a response to the call from the entertainment industry, the practitioners, community associates, and residents for there to be a review of the current Noise Abatement Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is, as a country, we neglected the security forces all of post-Independence and we only call on them when we have a problem,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “That has been the history of the police and we have to correct all of that before we can really look towards sustainable success in resolving crime; but in addition to that, we have allowed our inner-city communities to deteriorate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So when you have a crime, you call the police and you expect them to have cars, you never buy them any. You expect them to stay in the police station, but the police station is leaking and they can’t stay in there. You expect them to communicate, but you destroy their radio system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “Almost all the residential communities in Montego Bay for the working people came out of squatting, and squatting is an illegal activity. It generates an illegal ecosystem, which generates illegal activities, which eventually leads to killings and murders,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “A young man out of a depressed community who goes to a school that has been ignored and they never got a decent education, they feel neglected, they feel hurt, they are angry and they get power by pulling the trigger in a gun,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “I make no apology for saying that the current mechanism of social intervention has not worked [and] is not working,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “That’s where we must go, not PMI,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was approved only last Monday [December 9] in Cabinet for the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to begin the process of compulsorily acquiring some 547 parcels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “In plain language, if you exceed the sound levels and disturb the residents, despite having permission, the police will have the right to lock you down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 13, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “There is no alternative but for the police to studiously pursue and aggressively apprehend and lock down the gang leaders and the gangsters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “In west Kingston, many of the [gang] leaders are in police custody. In fact, the majority of them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared ( about Catherine North ) : “In addition to that, the police have over 30 members of the Klansman Gang in jail, so north St Catherine is better this year than last year, and more are coming in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The reality is that we have to keep fighting the fight to take the guns off the streets and that is going to take some time [because] there are a lot of guns out there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The best index we have of how effective our efforts have been is that since we have acquired the capacity to patrol our coastlines more effectively since last year… the seizures of drugs have quadrupled,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Twenty-five pounds of ganja fetch a side arm in Haiti, while it takes 50 pounds to get a rifle. That's how it operates. When we intercept a boat that might be carrying guns from Haiti, they usually dump the firearms,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This Bill is a temporary short-term measure to provide for an extension of the time permissible for entertainment events over the festive season, while ensuring that public order laws and regulations can be strictly carried out, notwithstanding the extension,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “As a Government we are seeking to create the necessary balance between the continued growth of our music and entertainment industries while maintaining public order, safety and the well-being of the general public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This Bill will give us a temporary solution to ensure that we are providing the environment which acknowledges the social needs of our people in music, entertainment, church or political events, while preserving the right for non-disturbance and peaceful rest for others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “In plain language, if you exceed the sound levels and disturb the citizens in neighbouring areas, despite having permission to go until four, the police will have the right to lock it off. And in view of the fact that there will be increased events over the next eight weeks, I suspect that the police will not have the time to give you a warning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I want the entertainers…to understand that if the police do this it is not malice, it is my guidance. If you exceed the decibel level they turn it off, if you turn it on back they will take your equipment. I don't like the idea of taking equipment because modern equipment is very sensitive and they can damage easily but the reality is that the law is very important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So they travel out to northern St Catherine, which is miles away from downtown Kingston, but there is a cousin of someone who they want to hurt …when they get to these districts they don’t look for one person, they shoot everybody they see on the streets. It is horrible and the police are looking at how they can mitigate that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The new national identification bill will further strengthen Jamaica’s cybersecurity framework,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “In other words, the NIDS will provide Jamaicans with enhanced protection from cyberthreats and cyberattacks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This revised national identification bill will not only support the modernisation of our information and communication technology infrastructure, but it will also facilitate the introduction of a multilayered technology security system to mitigate vulnerabilities associated with cyber activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “There is a feeling out there that because of INDECOM, they (unlawful citizens) can abuse the police and get away with it, that is what is causing the problems,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It’s an opinion of elements of the police force, and it may have some basis in terms of practice, because INDECOM was designed to deal with complaints against the police at a time when it was felt that there were too many extrajudicial activities by the police,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “INDECOM was created to control police excesses, and I think the police are saying INDECOM has become excessive at this point in time,” “I don’t want to make a judgement call, but there are certainly some concerns by the officers of the force; it is almost a reversal on the purpose for which INDECOM was founded” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is something we have to look at and see to what extent it’s becoming the real problem, and to what extent we can work with INDECOM to ensure professional standards are maintained, but at the same time, policemen [can] feel comfortable doing their job,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 2, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “So, too, does the Integrity Commission. They sometimes take long, but from where I sit, I know they are doing thorough work ... . We know it’s a major issue, and we are taking steps to correct them, and I think that’s where the electorate are looking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 25, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It’s not about handing over sovereignty, as some people would like to think when we enter into relations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are rebuilding a couple, which were not in the original plans. We are building a new divisional headquarters in Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is a tough police area. The windows here weren’t working, doors weren’t working, and the police had old furniture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “This will be accompanied by other strategic, targeted and intelligence-driven security operations to bolster public safety, maintain public order, deter acquisitive and violent crimes, and further disrupt gangs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is the nature of gang wars that is affecting the entire urban centres. Where you have a place like Montego Bay, St James, and sections of the Corporate Area, gangs are endemic and it will take time, not only to change behaviour, but to root out gangs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “It is not going to happen overnight and we have to ensure that we have in place intense, strong security measures to disrupt their operations and then we can root them out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asked : “Every single social intervention medium that can be thought of, that has been done in Jamaica, has been done in Montego Bay. Every single one has been active, and the homicide rate moved from 12 per 100,000 to 182 per 100,000, so where is the success?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government firmly believes that law-abiding Jamaicans must be able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment without fear of criminal activity. This becomes even more pronounced at this time of the year when there are increased commercial, social and family-oriented activities taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 8, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Given the increase in commercial activities in anticipation of the end-of-year festivities in particular, this is a matter that the Government takes very seriously and we have taken steps to effectively address it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan declared : “The Government firmly believes that law-abiding Jamaicans must be able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment, without fear of criminal activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Government does not place a dollar value on any life. We do not estimate the value of these operations based on cost, but rather on the number of lives saved [and] the number of children and families which are spared from trauma. The Government will commit the necessary resources through the budget,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Given the legal implications, we had to discontinue any work under the [2004] MoU,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Ministry of National Security, Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Chambers embarked on intensive negotiations to ensure that we had an agreement that satisfied the lawful requirements of Jamaica. Mr Speaker, any such protocol for security cooperation must satisfy our Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that protects Jamaican citizens from arbitrary action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "Upon our arrival, the team observed a wooden structure fully engulfed with flames. Firefighting operations commenced immediately and during cooling down, what appears to be the remains of two bodies were discovered,” Vaccianna told The Gleaner. On Saturday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang visited the scene. Chang, the member of parliament for St James North Western is also acting as Head of Government in the absence of Prime Minister Andrew Holness who is now in China on a working visit. “It just reflects some of the social problems," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan stated : “The SOEs by themselves do not create the costs. The conditions that exist in the declared areas create the costs since the types and levels of deployment are in response to these conditions, irrespective of SOEs or other types of response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We signed with our US partners a new agreement which we expect to satisfy the legal requirements of our Constitution, and will provide a strong basis for increased cooperation and operationalising all arrangements in fighting transnational criminal activity out of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I want to inform the House that this agreement with the United States was pursued with the full knowledge of the Cabinet. There was no secret arrangement, and we so inform the House today (Tuesday), having come to a conclusion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The updated TTMS will be a centralised, web-based platform that will improve the management of traffic tickets throughout the various stages – issuance of tickets, application of payments, demerit points, court fines, issuing of warrants, etc. The system will reflect in real time from the point the ticket is issued to an offender, to when it is either paid at the tax office or adjudicated in court,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan noted : “What’s happening is that a magnificent property… world-class attraction… has joined up with a world-class company with a great tradition in tourism,” “This is the kind of partnership that is bound to make Dunn’s River more attractive and which will certainly enhance our tourism product in a big way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Bike taxis are a primary means of transport in Little London and the west end. They are carrying three, four students on a bike. It is dangerous and unsafe, but none of it is legal so it is just for the police to apply the law. So, I would not interfere with that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Dr Phillips’ call shows a lack of understanding of the current anti-corruption framework and the modern tenets of good governance, which requires politicians to not interfere with independent investigations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:20:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said ( about Peter Phillips ) : “Dr Phillips’ call shows a lack of understanding of the current anti-corruption framework and the modern tenets of good governance, which requires politicians to not interfere with independent investigations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “The Government maintains it will not interfere with any investigations and will not support the call by the opposition leader to undermine the credibility and authority of these independent bodies” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Through increased awareness...they will learn how to detect and report suspicious activities, particularly when dealing with online predators. With more reports of potential traffickers, the security forces will be better able to infiltrate and dismantle more trafficking rings in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 7, 2019 3:54:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Through increased awareness, especially among young people, they will learn how to detect and report suspicious activities, particularly when dealing with online predators. With more reports of potential traffickers, the security forces will be better able to infiltrate and dismantle more trafficking rings in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan asked ( about Bay Community College ) : “Every single social intervention medium that can be thought of, that has been done in Jamaica, has been done in Montego Bay. Every single one has been active, and the homicide rate moved from 12 per 100,000 to 182 per 100,000, so where is the success?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 30, 2019 10:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “The primary purpose of the SOE is to reduce crime and violence, particularly murders. However, it is not something you can maintain forever in a community and, in fact, the shorter the time you have it, the better off you are,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan explained : “That is something we will be looking at as a part of our plan to take a look at the Noise Abatement Act and other issues relating to the entertainment sector,” “We consider entertainment an important and legitimate industry, and everyone is in agreement that reggae music is a significant component of Brand Jamaica” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “An added dimension to this process is the development of a fleet management system that will provide greater transparency in the procurement and maintenance of the motor vehicles and motorbikes being utilised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force. This is part of the Government's thrust to not only equip the officers, but to implement systems that are sustainable, that enforce accountability, and that are in the best interest of Jamaica for generations to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This is a value added of the new Traffic Ticket Management System. It allows officers of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch to access real-time reports that detail information on all the warrants that have been issued for an individual and flags the warrants that remain outstanding for that individual at any point in time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are equipping the members of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) with the right equipment and infrastructure and to optimise the performance of their duties,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “As of October 2019, that will change … . This Government will fix the ticketing system. The revamped system will be web-based … . Public order and public safety will be brought to a new level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Continuing the rehabilitation of 186 police stations, we are going to knock down a few old ones and build new ones. A fleet-management system will be crucial to ensure the assets we acquire for the police force are properly maintained, kept in good order, and give the commanding officer the opportunity to monitor the work throughout the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The proposed handheld ticketing solution will comprise a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet and a mobile printer which will allow JCF officers to efficiently validate offenders’ driver’s license and vehicle registration, while facilitating the production of accurate and legible traffic tickets, significantly reducing data entry errors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Some stations are infested with rats. There are also leaking roofs and pipes all over,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I appeal to the contractors to do the work well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I think some urgent work was done over the last weekend by the NWA (National Works Agency). Unfortunately they waited until the last weekend, but it is helping,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was not too bad for the beginning and we expect the new traffic team, assigned by the police commissioner, will also make a difference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Up to this point Manor Park is running very smoothly, even though you could find more traffic later in the morning. With the opening of the two sides of the road in Manor Park it has become easier,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is really no debate. His style and his contribution to the development of the people of the constituencies he served and to Jamaica are well documented and highly acclaimed,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 2, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “All citizens are customers of the Government and we want them to feel comfortable and safe when they visit police stations, especially when making reports on sensitive criminal matters such as rape and murder,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is empirical evidence suggesting that there is a correlation between improved police performance and a decrease in murders, stemming from strategic and increased investments in the security forces. Under Project ROC we expect to mend the relationship between the police and the communities they protect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We send them out … and all we give them is a 9 millimetre [firearm]” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:35:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Jamaica Constabulary Force is under pressure, and the integrity of its members is being tested in extraordinary ways. While we can readily identify some of the sources of the pressure, it is equally important for us to implement adequate measures that will improve the efficacy, morale, and professionalism of our officers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We are working towards the establishment of a modern, relevant Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the new graduates will be able to inform and influence the outcome of the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It was necessary to do so, because we are currently operating without any of those tools under which those governments are operating with and doing some good work,” External link

nationnews Friday, August 2, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Many of them cannot bother with traditional learning, so they have to be reached via music and technology,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:41:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Unless we have public safety and public order and a country in which all our people … can feel safe, feel that they will stay here, work here, raise their family and ensure their children will in fact want to continue here, this country will continue to be retarded in development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “What we will be doing at this centre in the heart of Flankers is to install one of the vehicle-training simulators that we have at the Caribbean Maritime University. It is a very valuable piece of equipment, and you can certify drivers of articulated vehicles and heavy-duty equipment on that machine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There is a major demand for people who are trained in these kinds of operations, both locally and internationally, so you can get them into that type of training, which offers them job opportunities, gives them good-quality earnings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Having it (heavy-duty equipment training) being overseen by the JDF, you will begin to see changes in the behaviour pattern as well, which is what we need to do to ensure they not only get a good job but also be good ambassadors for Jamaica wherever they go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “We think we will be able to offer the young males in the western region a much better opportunity, and I am sure and confident they will take it up. We will have a lot of them coming here — some 60 throughout the year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “It is already built; we have paid for it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The pull of the alternative culture in the community is still very strong, so we have to give them something that they are interested in, and the young men are not particularly keen on the room service and bartending that is now offered everywhere,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We will have a similar approach this year to ensure that the citizens in Montego Bay can have a good entertainment time, but we have to emphasise, as always, the Government's first responsibility, without any qualification, is to protect the lives of Jamaicans and stop the killing," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : "We made sure we do boundaries that take in the entire downtown, so nobody has to be left out of the programme," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:31:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Anti-Gang Legislation will have two of three final sittings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “As the case has evolved, he cannot be a candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We felt we’d watch the case unfold because it is a democracy; people support him. It’s a little bit different from his central responsibility, but the final resolution [rests] with the party selection committee and we review the cases as we go along and the circumstances surrounding individual candidates. We have laid out very stringent conditions for both financial and ethical issues for aspiring candidates,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are moving to establish a full formation of the National Service Corps in Montego Bay. ... We will cater to close to 500 young men on a yearly basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We know that we have a particular problem of keeping young men engaged in productive activity. The survey we did in Montego Bay states that nearly 70 per cent of our young males drop out [of school] by grade nine and, therefore, you have a body of people who are easily recruited into the wrong field – the gang culture and, of course, the underworld economic activities in St James, which is quite lucrative and, therefore, attractive to young men,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “Many people are not aware that the Jamaica Defence Force does significant technical training, and not all these young men (potential recruits) will be inclined to get into military training, but they would do productive training in areas they feel attracted to,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The Anti-Gang legislation will have two of three final sittings,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 8, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “We are at Tier 2, and we want to get to Tier 1 fast, but there are some technical aspects of it, which takes a little time, in terms of legislation approach, plus there are some cultural differences,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The abuse of our women, our young boys, and young girls is a horrible crime that we are very concerned about, and we are making every effort to reduce the problem, and, hopefully, even get rid of it. It is one of the major crimes that I find most despicable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We have specific bodies now working on it, and there is a Trafficking in Persons Task Force that monitors and works, and that body will continue to work,” “It (human trafficking) is a growing and horrendous crime that we have to take more steps to improve on” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Biological work is already beginning to give us significant results in the fight against crime. In recent circuit cases in Montego Bay, we had 22 convictions in one week, of which at least five depended on work done in the forensic lab,” “The informer-fi-dead culture is driving people away from identifying [suspects] and giving hard evidence. When the science aspect begins to take full effect, police investigation will begin to have the kind of evidence we need to take to court,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 5, 2019 8:34:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “This modernisation will enable the IFSLM to increase its use of DNA and other biological evidence to solve crimes, by prosecuting offenders and exonerating the innocent,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:30:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan said : “The public should know that the kind of forensic activity going on here is extensive, high-quality work and that DNA work is being done. But by getting the national database they can do the analyses much faster and more efficiently,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “And increasingly it is becoming the key element [in solving crime] because of the challenges we face in Jamaica in getting witnesses because the 'informer fi dead' culture continues to drive people away from … giving hard evidence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are looking to close that facility and put up a new facility at Kitson Town. The conditions are extremely bad, and that is why we are closing it. I have to discuss with the commissioner of police, Major General Antony Anderson, as to when,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan told : “Jamaica remains a major trans-shipment point for the narcotics trade. When placed in this context, proper monitoring, multimodal surveillance and increased border security become fundamental issues that must be addressed in our overall crime-fighting architecture,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 24, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “We are now looking to the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for development around the central building. The NHT has enough resources … . We have enough finance to do what we are planning,” “The entire new town centre is a project which I know the Government is looking financing for on a public-private basis and that will provide us a sound foundation for further development” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 14, 2019 10:02:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “There are a number of things wrong with that. First, the delay is not only somewhat uncomfortable and disrespectful to the officers, but it’s a life-threatening delay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Horace Chan told : “That is absolutely nonsense. Definitely not true,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Israel is one of the countries which have approached us and one that we are having discussions with. At the moment they might be assisting in setting up of a technology institute of some sort for training, but we have had no security agreement. Operationally the Israelis have done nothing in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “I know the big concern has come from this thing involving the WhatsApp , which they (the Israelis) have the most advanced technology and it is alleged that this technology is being used by some people to breach the WhatsApp security, but we are not into that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan added : “If we have to go that route and get that technology it will be public knowledge, and the appropriate governance will be put in place. But we don't have it, we have not acquired it, and we would not do it unless we have the appropriate governance in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Horace Chan said : “Mentally ill people in prison is something we are dealing with from a point of view of returning them to where they should be – the hospital – and we are working with the Ministry of Health to get the Mental Health Act amended. I don’t even know what the procedure, is strictly speaking, but, unfortunately, they lock up the mentally ill people, which is a crazy thing to do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 31, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister without portfolio15.75%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
minister13.39%EN03/20/201720/03/2017
prime minister3.94%EN12/15/201615/12/2016
general secretary65.35%EN06/06/201606/06/2016
spokesman1.57%EN07/03/201003/07/2010
Names Lang Count
Horace ChangEN88.86%
Horace ChanEN10.91%
Horace ChangFR0.23%


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Desmond McKenzie said ( about Horace Chan ) : “This project will have no problem. There will be no dons and ‘donnetts’ on this site. There will be no extra pay bill to facilitate work. That will never happen in this constituency on this project; and as the MP, I am giving Minister Chang that commitment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Norman Brown said ( about Horace Chan ) : “Horace Chang is the builder of people. There is no person that has been around Horace Chang that he has not honed and improved, and he has made such a tremendous difference in our lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Horace Chan ) : “We have jurisdiction under the Public Health Act where we can cite establishments for allowing smoking in public, but also the minister of national security, my colleague Minister Chang, and I are having discussions as to how we can improve the enforcement mechanism. But I am prepared to say it is a problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Horace Chan ) : “Dr Horace Chang, then Minister without portfolio with that Ministry, pleaded with me and said, we can turn in around, and that agency has been turned around. It has been moved from a loss-making agency to with bad audit reports to an agency that is about to make a surplus. More than that they have now started to deliver housing solutions at the price point that people can afford,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 12, 2019 10:40:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Hon. Dr. Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:55:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Dr Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Robert Montague said ( about Horace Chan ) : “The Minister of National Security [Hon. Dr. Horace Chang] has committed to get that project going… because we want to [among other things] develop this airport into a community airport,” External link

jis Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:58:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Horace Chan ) : “on Wednesday morning (July 3), I have a meeting with the public order committee under the chairmanship of n ational s ecurity m inister Dr Horace Chang, and we will be looking very seriously at the Noise Abatement Act and the issues that have been raised by the sector itself and all the players” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT