St James gets 10 pre-owned po­lice cars

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TEN OF the 200 pre­owned ve­hi­cles, which the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) is to re­ceive, have been de­ployed to St James.

Min­is­ter of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Robert Mon­tague in­spected the units on Tues­day at the El­let­son Road Po­lice Sta­tion in Kingston.

He pointed out that the pro­cure­ment of the cars was ex­pe­dited so that the po­lice could deal swiftly with calls per­tain­ing to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties and other is­sues in the parish.

He noted that the ve­hi­cles had been retro­fit­ted with blue siren lights and gen­eral packet ra­dio ser­vice so that per­son­nel could track the lo­ca­tions of the units.

Mon­tague said that in ad­di­tion to the 10 pre-owned cars, 38 ve­hi­cles from St James had also been re­paired.

“The cit­i­zens can rest as­sured that the ad­di­tion of these cars will in­crease the po­lice pres­ence in the streets in many ways. When you see a po­lice car, you will see ad­ver­tise­ments that tell you how cit­i­zens can aid in crime-fight­ing ini­tia­tives. You will see the Stay Alert App, Crime Stop num­ber, mes­sages about scam­ming and prae­dial lar­ceny, among other se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives,” he ex­plained.

The min­is­ter said that the 10 cars have been branded with in­for­ma­tion to en­cour­age cit­i­zens to speak up about il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mon­tague ap­pealed to the po­lice to take care of the ve­hi­cles and en­cour­aged cit­i­zens to re­frain from mak­ing prank calls, which could put a strain on the po­lice re­sources.

He said pro­cure­ment of the re­main­ing ve­hi­cles had been com­pleted and they would be de­ployed to all po­lice di­vi­sions.

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