Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry is going through the procurement process to provide 119 vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) before Christmas.
In a Statement to the House of Representatives on December 5, the Minister pointed out that since 2016, the Government has secured and delivered 160 pre-owned and new vehicles and repaired and returned 114 vehicles to the fleet.
“To put this in context, at the end of 2012, the police had 257 cars, and at the end of the second year of [the previous Administration], they were at 385. We are at one and three quarter years into our term… we have provided 274 vehicles, and, by Christmas, we will be up to 393 vehicles,” he said.
The Minister noted that the Administration had designed a policy to get more cars to the police using the same level of resources.
“While we purchase vehicles, we do not allocate vehicles, but we are confident that the Commissioner of Police has been allocating vehicles to stations that are without vehicles, and as more resources become available, will continue to do so,” Mr. Montague said.