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100 cop car crashes in 15 months

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The police car seen in this April 2008 photo was written off after an accident along the North-South Highway.
This August 4, 2017 photo, shows a wrecked police car that was involved in an accident in Kingston.

Over a 15-month period, vehicles driven by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were involved in 100 motor vehicle accidents.

The period in which the accidents occurred spanned January 2014 to March 2015.

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis said that the accounting officer of the force did not report the full details of the losses incurred to the financial secretary or to her department in keeping with the Ministry of Finance guidelines.

The JCF's records indicated that the government driver may be at fault in 12 of the accidents. The Police High Command has since ordered an investigation into these 12 accidents.

As part of an audit of the management of fixed assets in the JCF, the auditor general reported that furniture and equipment purchased between April 2014 and March 2015, amounting to $10 million, were not included in the force's fixed asset register.

"This breakdown of the controls which was the subject of previous audit reports increases the risk of misappropriation of assets going undetected," Monroe Ellis added.