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Gov't to provide transport from work for police in some areas

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 7:23 PM

The government is to provide buses to transport police personnel to and from work in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and St James. 

The provision is part of the new wage agreement between the government and the Police Federation which represents rank and file members of the force. 

The agreement was signed yesterday.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre obtained a message from the federation sent to its members this morning, informing that the bus service will be implemented shortly. 

It said Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has committed to the early implementation of the service. 

The issue of a dedicated transportation service for police personnel was raised following the murder of woman constable Crystal Thomas in July while on her way from work. 

She was shot and killed by armed robbers while on a bus traveling along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

Police Federation chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, argued following the incident, that cops have been lobbying the government on the transportation issue for the last five years.

The new wage and fringe benefit deal, will cover the period 2015 to 2017.