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Gov't seeking to streamline fleet procurement policy

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 7:40 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Government is working on a strategic fleet procurement and maintenance policy, to prolong the life of the vehicles deployed to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),according to National Security Minister Peter Bunting.

The policy, being formulated jointly with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), deals with the rationalisation of a wide variety of vehicles in terms of make and models, and seeks to simplify the work of the JCF’s Transportation and Repair division, in relation to the stocking of spare parts and tools, the minister said.

“I think we have made tremendous headway in streamlining…(with) the turning over of 37 to 40 vehicles per day, which is a substantial improvement on what was happening previously,” he said.

The security minister was speaking at a ceremony to hand over 75 pickup trucks at the Police Commissioner’s Old Hope Road offices, in Kingston, on October 26.

Bunting said that the vehicles are the first of two batches to be presented to the JCF over the next few weeks, with an additional 15 cars and 44 motor cycles to be handed over in November.

He said that the procurement of this first set of vehicles “is one of the finest demonstration of a joined-up Government approach with several Ministries diverting funds to purchase the pickup trucks."

“What we were able to do is to get some help from (the Ministry of) Finance and Planning, the Tourism (and Entertainment Ministry), through the Tourism Enhancement Fund and from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, which agreed to re-allocate some of the funds previously allocated in their budget,” Bunting said.

He noted that the security ministry was happy for the first commitment of $250 million for the purchase of the vehicles, “and we are expecting another $250 million before the end of the fiscal year.

Bunting revealed that many of the vehicles had already been deployed, in order to increase the presence and visibility of the police on the road before, during and after the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

For his part, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said the vehicles will greatly assist with the mobility of the JCF and implored police personnel to ensure they take care of the vehicles.

“For those of us who will operate these vehicles, you have an obligation to demonstrate to the Government and to the taxpayers of this country that you appreciate the investments made in acquiring these vehicles, that you appreciate that they add value to the work that you do, and that you will demonstrate it by the careful handling, safe use and the way in which you care for these vehicles,” he said.

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