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Police vehicle management system improving

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Just over a year after Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis found a severe lack of accountability in how the fleet of vehicles in the force was being repaired, it appeared that the National Security Ministry has made progress in adopting best practices.

In November 2012, the force was found wanting in a performance audit report to Parliament.

The audit covered the period 2007 to 2011.

However, in her annual report Monroe Ellis said the Ministry of National Security has made strides in adopting some of the recommendations she made in the performance audit.

She says a draft of the Fleet Management Policy and a Standard Operating Procedural Manual, address the recommendations made in 2012.

The Police was expected to approve the documents by December 2013.

However, it was not immediately clear whether the commissioner has approved the documents as attempts to get confirmation from senior police sources were not successful.

In her latest report to the Parliament, the auditor general also said the national security ministry has now established a Centralised Motor Vehicle Inventory System to improve the inventory and fleet-management capabilities of its motor vehicles and spare parts.

The performance audit of 2012 had revealed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force had incurred significant costs to repair vehicles reported to have been disposed of.

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