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Roman Catholic Church donates 12 bicycles to St James police

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry
Head of the St James Division, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor (second left), accepts the bicycles from Father Burchell McPherson (extreme right), Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay, while other police personnel share in the moment.

An increased police presence is expected this week in the Coral Gardens and Meadows of Irwin communities following the Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay's donation of 12 bicycles to the St James Police Division's bike patrol unit.

The bicycles were handed over to the commanding officer of the St James Police, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, by Father Burchell McPherson, Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay, last week.

Father McPherson told Western Focus that the church had received the bicycles from Food for the Poor to donate to youngsters in the community but that it was decided that it would be more practical to donate the cycles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

"The bicycles would assist them (the police) in their duties, especially this time of the year when there is so much happening within the surroundings of Montego Bay. I'm sure this will assist them in some way," he said.

McGregor said he welcomed the gesture as it would assist the bike patrol unit in curtailing robberies and other crimes being committed in the two communities.

"They won't be that tactical team you will see in the town. This is more of a domestic bicycle patrol team that will be going in and around both communities in an effort to assure and reassure residents that these communities are safe," he said.