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Police Federation receives 30-seater bus from Security Ministry

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 3:25 PM

The Ministry of National Security has provided the Jamaica Police Federation with a 30-seater bus to assist with the transportation needs of police personnel.

The bus is valued at $7.8 million.

Security minister, Robert Montague, says he understands the plight of the police who sometimes work under conditions that leave much to be desired.

Montague says the government is committed to improving the mobility needs of the constabulary force.

The federation, which represents rank and file members of the constabulary force, has been lobbying the Government for years for a transportation system for members of the police force.

Those calls intensified in the past two years following the shooting deaths of cops who were taking public transportation to or from work.

Last year April, Corporal Judith Williams was shot multiple times while at a bus stop on her way to work.

In July 2015, woman constable Crystal Thomas was shot and killed by armed robbers while on a bus travelling along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

Thomas, who was based at the Denham Town police station in Kingston, had just left work.

The police federation argued that the deaths brought into sharp focus the need for a transportation system for cops.

It further argued that some groups of public sector workers are provided with transportation, yet police personnel who carry out such a sensitive job are not afforded the same consideration.