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JCF gets US$2m donation of equipment from US gov't

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 11:01 AM

The United States Government has handed over more than US$2 million worth of equipment to the Jamaica Constabulary Force to help with its move towards using non-lethal force.



The 3,500 retractable batons, canisters of pepper spray, pairs of handcuffs and utility belts were handed over at the Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St Catherine yesterday.



National Security Minister Peter Bunting says an order for a similar quantity has been made and should bring the total to 7,000 pieces of equipment.



He says this will be enough to equip all frontline personnel.



The US government is also funding a Less-lethal Force Train the Trainer Course.



Twenty six members of the Force are currently participating in the week long course.



Upon completion, they’ll return to their divisions and train other members of the JCF in the use of non-lethal force.



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