Police to implement vehicle management system

Police to implement vehicle management system

Friday, August 07, 2015

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POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says a fleet management system is soon to be implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to manage the force's vehicles.

The system, said the police chief, will be established in an attempt to care for vehicles already in service as well as new ones. Approximately $35 million will also be spent on vehicle upgrades, he said.

"We are ensuring that we overhaul the transport and maintenance division at Kingston and at various areas to deal with the repairs and maintenance of vehicles so that they can be kept on the road," the commissioner said.

In addition, the police chief said his officers will be taking greater care of the vehicles entrusted to them. "In the next year or two, we are hoping to do much better in relation to the care and servicing of our motor vehicles, not only at the garages, but at the stations," Dr Williams said.

He further pointed out that a regime under which drivers lessen the crashes of their service vehicles will also be undertaken.

Dr Williams, who was speaking at the handing over of 10 Toyota Hilux pick-ups at his office on Old Hope Road in Kingston this week, said the units will be distributed to resort areas across the island to help in the fight against crime.

The areas include: St James, Westmoreland and St Ann, which are to receive two vehicles each; and Portland, St. Mary, New Kingston and Trelawny to receive one each.

The donation of the vehicles was made possible through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) of the Ministry of Tourism, which gave $45 million to purchase them.

Dr Williams said that an additional 60 motor bikes will be acquired in two weeks, and that 70 motor vehicles, such as police trucks, cars and pick-ups will be purchased at a later date.

Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said the TEF has been pivotal in its contribution to the fight against crime, adding that money has been allocated for the refurbishing at some police stations.

"Twenty-five million dollars is being spent to upgrade the Negril Police Station, and we should also be finalising and handing over closed-circuit television cameras in Ocho Rios," the minister said.

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