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Gov't to spend big on motor vehicles for police force

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of National Security has set aside $6.4 billion in the 2018-2019 Estimates of Expenditure for the purchasing of motor vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In the Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday, the Government is targeting the purchase of motor vehicles and motorcycles to improve the mobility of the force.

The National Security Ministry has been locked in a dispute with O'Brien's International Car Sales and Rentals Limited over the supply of vehicles to the police force. To date, O'Brien's has failed to provide 200 pre-owned vehicles for which it signed a contract to supply to the police force.

In addition, the National Security Ministry has allocated nearly $2 billion for purchasing telecommunications equipment for the security forces.

The objective of the project is to facilitate the procurement of equipment to upgrade and digitise communication and surveillance systems within the military and the police force.

As part of the project, the ministry will be acquiring and installing CCTV's as well as upgrading the radio networks of the security forces.