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JCF to get first batch of used vehicles in two weeks

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 9:59 PM
National Security Minister, Robert Montague says 50 vehicles are being provided in the first instance and that the procurement process is well underway to acquire an additional 200 motor vehicles.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says the first batch of used vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to be deployed within the next two weeks.

Montague says 50 vehicles are being provided in the first instance and that the procurement process is well underway to acquire an additional 200 motor vehicles.

The national security minister gave the update in a statement yesterday as he rejected claims by his opposition counterpart, Peter Bunting.

Bunting had complained that the national security ministry had not started the procurement process for the vehicles for the JCF since Montague made the announcement in March.

He said Montague should give the mobility of the JCF priority as the lack of vehicles affects the crime fighting efforts of the police.

Montague also says the ministry has to follow the government’s procurement guidelines and emphasises that the ministry will not violate these rules as it seeks to acquire the vehicles.

Montague emphasises that citizen security, including the safety of law enforcement personnel, is high on the policy agenda of his ministry.

He points out that the JCF’s Transport and Repairs Division, under its ‘Operation Quick Fix’ initiative, recently repaired and handed over 53 cars to the police with an additional 21 vehicles are to be delivered this week.

Meanwhile, the national security minister says 2,500 ballistic vests and 1,000 helmets are being procured for the police.

He says the ministry is pursuing a legislative agenda to improve safety and security.

Montague says the national security ministry will continue to work in close partnership with all stakeholders including the opposition.

He says the ministry has been seeking to meet with the opposition People’s National Party, but there has been no response to an invitation issued more than three months ago.