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Montague defends plan to purchase used cars for the JCF

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:31 PM
National Security Minister Robert Montague has responded to criticisms about his plan to purchase used cars for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

National Security Minister Robert Montague has responded to criticisms about his plan to purchase used cars for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Earlier this week, opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting said Montague's plan is not a good move, arguing that used vehicles may not be able to withstand the intense work done by the JCF.

However, speaking at a town hall meeting in May Pen, Clarendon, last evening, Montague said the used vehicles will only be used for three years after which they will be available for sale to JCF members at a significantly reduced cost.

Montague stressed that purchasing three cars for the price of one is a good idea because it will decrease the pressure on the vehicles.

He also argued that more cars will be available for the country's crime fighters to carry out their duties.

 

Security minister Robert Montague

Meanwhile, Montague said while all other major crimes are down in Clarendon, murders continue to increase.

He said with the additional vehicles the Clarendon police should be able to further reduce the crime rate in the parish.