Tourism body gives cops $91m to fight crime
Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill, on behalf of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, last Friday presented $91 million to National Security Minister Peter Bunting to bolster the fight against crime and violence on land and sea.
The presentation took place days after McNeill's announcement in Parliament of new measures to bring greater control and enforcement to the operation of jet skis and personal water craft.
Last Tuesday, the tourism minister announced the new short-term measures in the wake of growing concerns about the number of accidents in Jamaica's marine recreational areas, some of which have resulted in fatalities and serious injury.
McNeill said $45 million of the amount would be used to acquire additional motor vehicles to facilitate effective monitoring and enforcement by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and $40 million goes to the Marine Police for improvements to the division's outposts in the northeastern region of Negril, Westmoreland; Falmouth, Trelawny and Ocho Rios, St Ann.
Of the remainder, $5 million will assist the JCF in providing enhancement and educational support to the Montego Bay Marine Park and Fish Sanctuaries and the balance will be used to ensure constant Marine Police presence, enhanced efficiency in daily marine deployment, and create a convenient space for preventative maintenance of vessels and engines.
Expenditure from the allocation has already restored a patrol boat to full operation and, following the presentation, the official party went on a short tour along the Montego Bay coastline in it.