Wigton donates pick-ups to Cross Keys police

Observer staff reporter

Monday, March 04, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The number of police service vehicles at the Cross Keys station in southern Manchester last Tuesday increased to three, with the handover of two pick-ups.

The two Mazda BT 50 double cab pick-ups came through a donation from the Manchester-based Wigton Wind Farm, at a cost of $9 million.

Head of Police for Area Three, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers, speaking at the handover ceremony in Rose Hill where the wind farm is located, said that the approximately 20 officers at the Cross Keys Police Station serve 22 communities, including Rose Hill, and about 4,000 residents.

In expressing gratitude, Chambers said the contributions enhance the working environment, build morale and efficiency.

“The vehicles that have (been) procured for us… will certainly add value to the work that we do in this particular location, and may I dare say the entire parish. It is good to see a corporate company somehow solidifying their corporate governance role by giving back to the community. To me, that is priceless and it goes to show the respect that this company has for law enforcement. The provision of these vehicles will allow our law enforcement officers to serve with pride, respect and dignity,” he said.

The assistant commissioner said that a lot of community policing activities take place in the areas served by the station, and while there are incidents such as domestic violence, it is not “riddled” with crime.

Acting Superintendent for the Manchester Police Division, David White, also hailed Wigton.

He told the Jamaica Observer that there are motor vehicles at the 11 stations in the division, but it is an aged fleet and units are often shared across stations, as necessary, in order to get the job done.

White said that the new motor vehicles will go a far way in assisting the police in its work to reduce opportunities for criminal activities to take place.

Meanwhile, Wigton Wind Farm General Manager Earl Barrett, in addressing the audience, noted that with reliable vehicles the police will also have the ability to assist residents in emergency situations unrelated to law enforcement.

He offered, on behalf of his organisation, to provide support with routine maintenance if needed.

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica is the parent company for Wigton Wind Farm Limited, which is reportedly known locally and regionally as the largest wind energy generating facility in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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