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Police get new vehicles

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 11:19 PM
A derelict police armoured vehicle in downtown Kingston.

The Ministry of National Security will tomorrow hand over more than 50 new motor vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The range of vehicles include Toyota Corolla motor cars, Toyota Rav4 SUVs and Isuzu DMax pickup trucks. The new vehicles were acquired from Toyota Jamaica Ltd at a cost of J$273.2 million.

The handover follows a document tabled in parliament last week showing that more than a third of police vehicles have been out of use and nearly another 30 per cent are more than a decade old, restricting police responsiveness.

Cabinet had approved the award of two contracts totalling about J$335.15 million to purchase vehicles for the police force.

An additional sum of J$81.9 million is to be spent to acquire five Isuzu five-ton troop-carrying trucks; and four Isuzu 11-ton prisoner-carrying trucks from Vehicles and Supplies Limited.

The handover will take place at the Office of the Police Commissioner in St Andrew.