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Minister of National Security Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, has said that there has been a 13 percent increase in police mobility, with the new vehicles acquired for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the last quarter of 2009.
Speaking in the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (January 22), Senator Nelson said that, during the period, the Motorised Patrol Division increased the number of patrols per shift, from 10 to 35.
Mobility within the JCF has been significantly improved over the past year, and within the last two months more than 140 vehicles valued at over $320,000,000, have been handed over to the JCF. These vehicles included 50 double-cab pickups and 90 patrol cars.
Senator Nelson explained that this means that the JCF now has a fleet of 1,747 vehicles, of which 981 or 56 per cent are less than five years old. They include patrol cars, SUVs, buses, trucks and pickups.
Another 21 per cent of the JCF’s vehicles are between six and ten years old, while 23 per cent are more than 11 years old.
Senator Nelson also noted that in spite of “tight fiscal challenges,” the Facilities and Property Management Unit of the Ministry of National Security was able to complete repairs to 94 police stations and refurbish 28 others, at a cost of $740 million, in 2009.
He noted too that construction of the long awaited Bath Police Station in St. Thomas, was completed, at a cost of nearly $70 million, and handed over in 2009. In addition, during the past eight months, construction began on the $30 million Alexandria Station in St. Ann, which should be completed by May this year.
The Minister pointed out that a new station is to be built in Anchovy, St. James, and that refurbishing work is now proceeding to enable the temporary relocation of personnel. Repair work valued at $4.5 million has also started on the Chapelton Police Station in Clarendon, he said.