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The Government has made available an additional $234 million to purchase motor vehicles and boats for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The sum was included as capital expenditure in the First Supplementary Estimates 2009/10, which were tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 22), by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon Audley Shaw.
National Security Minister, Senator Dwight Nelson, has stated that mobility continues to be a challenge for the police force. He said he was working towards the day that every police station and every police post has at least two police vehicles. He said that providing the police with more armoured vehicles was another initiative being pursued to avoid exposing them to harm.
Senator Nelson said that, in 2008/09, some $800 million was spent to acquire 200 new vehicles. For this year, he said that there was a need to purchase 160 additional vehicles. In July, some 140 vehicles arrived in the island for use by the JCF.
Late last year, the National Contracts Commission (NCC) endorsed a number of contracts for the provision of vehicles for the JCF, including $143 million for 90 patrol cars from Stewart’s Auto Sales Limited and $123 million for 50 double-cab pick-up trucks from Kingston Industrial Garage. The JCF was also expected to acquire 24 sports utility vehicles costing about $68 million, as well as eight 15-seater buses costing about $17 million from Toyota Jamaica.
“The objective must be to ensure that police actions are not hindered by immobility,” the Minister said in a broadcast to the nation after assuming the portfolio in May.

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