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KINGSTON — National Security Minister, Senator Dwight Nelson, and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Jevene Bent, have jointly urged members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to exercise greater responsibility and care in ensuring that JCF’s motor vehicles are properly maintained.

This call comes against the background of the JCF’s receipt of an additional 50 motor vehicles and two motorbikes, at a cost of $120 million, to boost their fleet.

The units which include sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups were acquired through the Ministry’s instrumentality, in partnership with Stewart’s Auto Sales and Toyota Jamaica Limited.

Senator Nelson formally presented the units to DCP Bent during a brief ceremony at the Office of the Police Commissioner, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Monday April 4.

DCP Bent urged strict adherence by the JCF’s membership to directives issued by the Commissioner, regarding vehicular maintenance, specifically relating to speeding.       

“I just want to say to the members, who are going to be utilising these vehicles, (that) it is very important that you follow the new directives. All of the commanding officers have been given new directives, as they relates to the use (and)… care of the vehicles. Speed will not reduce crime and violence, so we are appealing to you members, (to adhere to) the maximum speed limit (which is) 60 kilometres per hour,” she implored.

Noting significant decline in crime and violence when the JCF’s resources are properly utilized, DCP Bent argued that adherence to the new directives on the proper handling and usage of the vehicles will also see a decline in collisions.

“So we are imploring our commanding officers to take responsibility. The new directives will see you driving the vehicles at a lower speed, and in driving the vehicles within the limits that were given by the (JCF) High Command, you will have an opportunity to interface more with the community. You have that directive in your hands… and we pray that you will use them wisely and we will see the continued trending down of crime and violence in our country,” DCP Bent said.

Senator Nelson, in endorsing the Deputy Commissioner’s appeal, urged the police to make “proper use” of the vehicles in their professional capacities, as they are of no use when they are inoperable.  

 

By DOUGLAS McINTOSH, JIS Reporter