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    • Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, says a fleet management system will be implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to manage their vehicles, in short order.
    • The system will be established in an attempt to care for those vehicles already in service as well as those newly added.
    • Approximately $35 million will also be spent on vehicle upgrade.

    Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, says a fleet management system will be implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to manage their vehicles, in short order.

    The system will be established in an attempt to care for those vehicles already in service as well as those newly added.

    Approximately $35 million will also be spent on vehicle upgrade. “We are ensuring that we overhaul the transport and maintenance division at Kingston and at various areas to deal with the repairs and maintenance of vehicles so that they can be kept on the road,” the Commissioner said.

    In addition, the Police Chief said his officers will be taking greater care of the vehicles entrusted to them.

    “In the next year or two, we are hoping to do much better in relation to the care and servicing of our motor vehicles, not only at the garages, but at the stations,” Dr. Williams assured.

    He further pointed out that a regime under which drivers lessen the crashes of their service vehicles, will also be undertaken.

    Dr. Williams, who was speaking at the handing over  of 10 Toyota Hilux pickups at his office on Old Hope Road, in Kingston,  on August 4, said the units  will be distributed to the resort areas across the island to help in the fight against crime.

    The areas include: St James, Westmoreland and St Ann, which are to receive two vehicles each; and Portland, St. Mary, New Kingston and Trelawny to receive one each.

    The donation of the vehicles has been  made possible through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) of the Ministry of Tourism, which gave $45 million to purchase them.

     

    Dr. Williams  said that an additional 60 motor bikes will be acquired in two weeks, and that 70 motor vehicles, such as police trucks, cars and pickups will  be purchased at a later date.

    Meanwhile,  Tourism Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the TEF has been pivotal in its contribution to the fight against crime.

    He also pointed out that money has  been allocated for the refurbishment of some police stations.

    “Twenty-five million dollars is being spent to upgrade the Negril police station. We should also be finalizing and handing over closed-circuit television cameras in Ocho Rios,” the Minister said.