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  • The JCF is slated to purchase 400 motorcycles at an estimated cost of US$2.5 million during the 2014/15 fiscal year.
  • Vehicles will augment the resources dedicated to community policing.
  • The aim is to equip each police station with a minimum of two patrol teams to enable detailed systematic patrols of all communities.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is slated to purchase 400 motorcycles at an estimated cost of US$2.5 million during the 2014/15 fiscal year.

This is stated in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting during the sitting of the House of Representatives on May 13.

According to the Paper, vehicles will augment the resources dedicated to community policing. The aim is to equip each police station with a minimum of two patrol teams to enable detailed systematic patrols of all communities.

“According to the JCF, these motorcycle patrols present a low cost opportunity for significant increased police patrol and presence in the short-term,” the document said.

Earlier this year, the Force’s operational capacity was further boosted, with the acquisition of 13 motorcycles and two pick-up vans to its fleet.

The motorcycles were deployed to its traffic division in the parishes of Kingston, St. James, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, St. Ann and St. Catherine, while the pick-ups are being used to patrol the activities along the North-South corridor of Highway 2000.