JCF gets 43 new SUVs under Project ROC

JCF gets 43 new SUVs under Project ROC

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of National Security says it has handed over 43 retrofitted compact sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) under its Project Rebuild Overhaul and Construct (P-ROC).

According to the ministry, each unit was retrofitted with a mount for tablets with dash camera functionality, beacon (flashing) lights, siren and public address system, a high intensity portable search light and a first responder's kit.

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang in a statement said that the Government through P-ROC, will be pursuing the procurement of additional motor vehicles including motor bikes during the fiscal year 20/21.

“The capacity of the police to move quickly and efficiently is critical to the success of their operations,” the minister said.

According to the ministry the 43 Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 SUVs are supplied by Silver Star Motors Limited at a value of approximately $270 million.

The figure includes the acquisition, retrofit and one-year maintenance of the vehicles.

Maintenance includes general services, oil and filter changes, diagnostic changes, brake servicing — including the replacement of disc pads and brake fluids, battery checks and eight tyres to be replaced annually with related balancing and alignment.

“We have invested in the physical working conditions of our police officers, we have invested extensively in modern technology, we are modernising the fleet, and we are putting in place appropriate maintenance programmes to preserve our assets. I can assure you that as these measures come together, Jamaica will have a well-managed, efficiently operated police force, that will be able to tackle crime, and maintain public safety and good order,” Chang said.

The ministry noted that during the fiscal year 19/20, a total of 358 vehicles were procured for the JCF.

The objective of Project ROC is to convert all police stations into modern, citizen-friendly workspaces, provide officers with a comfortable environment conducive for work, while creating the ambience for citizens to willingly and comfortably engage the police.

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