The Ministry of National Security yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four tertiary institutions for the development of a certificate programme in fundamentals in security science.

The programme, which will cost $28 million dollars, is expected to provide 400 graduates for matriculation, principally into the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a bid to increase the training intake capacity of JCF.

The four colleges that were signatory to the MoU are; Moneague College, Montego Bay Community College, Hydel University College and the Catholic College of Mandeville.

Speaking at the ceremony, Montague lauded the tertiary institutions for their willingness to partner with the ministry.

“The signing of this MoU today formally establishes a historic and strategic partnership between these institutions as we bring together two essential elements of any successful modern society, the creation of partnerships and the use of science and technology,” he stated.

The programme will provide a more cost effective and convenient approach, and is intended to provide a larger pool of qualified individuals for recruitment in the JCF primarily, while reserving eligibility for employment in to other government agencies and positions in the private security industry.

While the primary objective of the programme is to increase the number of qualified candidates available for employment within the JCF and broadly in the local security sector; the programme is not to be confused with an offer for employment.

In providing clarity on how the programme will work, Montague said that the programme is essentially an introduction to the fundamentals of law enforcement and that successful completion will not guarantee consideration for recruitment.

Recruitment will be dependent on the candidate passing a polygraph and medical test and having a thorough background check done.