The Ministry of National Security has sought to allay public fears in the state’s decision to purchase specially outfitted armored vehicles.
In a media release, Minister Gary Griffith defended the measure, saying that law-abiding citizens should not see the vehicles as a threat since, it is meant to assist in the fight against crime.
He said the vehicles would not be outfitted with aggressive weaponry and will not be operated in an offensive mode.
According to Griffith it is meant to safeguard members of the Defence Force and law enforcement agencies who are working to protect the citizens.
He said while there are currently no intelligence reports of any existing disturbances or pending threats to this country, he is ensuring that the ministry is putting the appropriate precautionary measures in place to deal with any future disturbance.
Meanwhile, the Government’s decision to purchase the armored vehicles has received the support of at least one former member of the defense force. Former Chief of Defence Carl Alfonso welcomed the plan to purchase the vehicles.