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  • The vehicles came from the Ministry of National Security, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC).
  • The Minister warned persons who engage in money laundering and lottery scamming, that it is just a matter of time until the FID and MOCA will bring them to justice.
  • Commissioner of Police, Mr. Owen Ellington, pledged that the vehicles will be used for police work, and charged the officers to take care of them.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has received 89 new vehicles, 72 from the Ministry of National Security, 15 from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and two specialized vehicles donated by the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC).

Speaking at the official handing over of the vehicles, at a ceremony held on December 23, at the Police Commissioner’s Office, in Kingston, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, said that the police have received many vehicles over the past two years.

“We are going to sustain this level of expenditure from year to year,” Mr. Bunting said.

Meanwhile, the Minister gave an update on the work of the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA), stating that ongoing efforts by the unit is helping to take the proceeds out of crime, and that the country will be seeing more suspects arrested and charged, and over time, crimes will be decreased.

“You are beginning to see major operations now being carried out primarily to do with money laundering and other financial type crimes. We are seeing many white collar criminal suspects now being arrested, and I can anticipate, now that arrests and raids are taking place, not just in inner city communities, but in uptown, that convictions will be taking place,” Mr. Bunting said.

He warned persons who engage in money laundering and lottery scamming, that it is just a matter of time until the Financial Investigation Division (FID), and MOCA will bring them before the justice system, and end their illegal activities.

“We are not going to relent, because this is a strategically important element of the fight against crime. You can’t only fight it at the level of the symptoms; you have to get to the source, particularly organized crime,” the Minister emphasised.

“Several professionals are now under the microscope, and some have already been charged. Those who persist in facilitating the activities of criminal kingpins, you have fair warning that MOCA and the FID are coming for you,” Mr. Bunting added.

In his address, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Owen Ellington, pledged that the vehicles will be used for police work, and charged the officers to take care of them.

For his part, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said “we understand the importance of mobility for the police force, and we will continue to work together, and continue this strong collaboration.”

Head of NROCC, Ivan Anderson, said other specialized vehicles will also be donated to the JCF.