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TEF to help repair police vehicles

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Minister of National Security Robert Montague (right) makes a point to Sergeant Uzander McFarlane, subofficer, Motorcycle Division, as they look at motorcycles that are to be repaired. The occasion was a tour of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Transport and Repairs Division on Tom Redcam Drive recently.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has provided $50 million for the repair of 100 police vehicles under an initiative dubbed 'Operation Quick Fix'.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague informed that 20 vehicles have already been fixed and sent back to the various police stations, while an additional 14 would be ready last Friday.

"As the days go on, we will be sending out other vehicles. We have also engaged private garages to assist us in getting the fleets out as quickly as possible. We are doing patrol cars, pickups, small sport utility vehicles and motorbikes," Montague said.

He was speaking during a tour of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Transport and Repairs Division on Tom Redcam Drive last Thursday.

In addition to the repairs under Operation Quick Fix, Minister Montague informed that vehicles are required to be taken to the JCF Transport and Repairs Division or a contracted garage for regular maintenance.

"The emphasis is to repair the marked vehicles, as we need to get the presence of the police out into the public space as quickly as possible," he said. Meanwhile, he disclosed that advertisements will be placed in the newspapers for the procurement of 260 used vehicles for the JCF.

"Any entity that meets the requirements in that advertisement will be free to tender to supply us (with the vehicles)," he said. Head of the Transport and Repairs Division, Superintendent Jacqueline Coombs, said there is a vehicle management system in place which documents all vehicles from acquisition to disposal.

TREMENDOUS STRIDES

"So, the life cycle of the vehicle is captured. We started this in January 2015 and we have made tremendous strides since then. We use it to guide us to do preventive maintenance in terms of when vehicles come in for servicing. We capture ... all the work that is done and this is a system that is second to none," she said.

Superintendent Coombs said that under Operation Quick Fix the division is "working earnestly" to meet vehicle repair quota.

"We aim to get them out there and we want to ensure that the work is done, and that it is done properly," she said.