Finance Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, says the government plans to invest a billion dollars in the national crime fighting efforts. 

He was addressing the House of Representatives yesterday as he discussed the components of the Second Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure.

According to the finance minister the money will also be used to purchase land for a Police Divisional Headquarters in St Catherine. 

Minister Clarke says the government is also seeking to fast track negotiations with the Jamaica Police Federation over their claims for unpaid overtime salaries. 

That matter is before the courts.

Dr Nigel Clarke, Finance Minister.

He was addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.