Police get 64 new vehicles, old police car catches fire in Half Way Tree

November 09, 2015
New vehicles given to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to aid their crime fighting efforts.

Moments after The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) received 64 new vehicles from the Ministry of National Security, a team of officers had to make a hasty retreat from a service vehicle after the engine caught fire.

The incident happened this morning in the vicinity of the clock in Half-Way-Tree and involved officers attached to the St. Andrew Central Police Division

Many onlookers gathered as the officers attempted to put out the blaze.

When THE STAR arrived on the scene, the vehicle did not appear to be badly damaged.

It was however parked in the roadway, with the bonnet open as they waited for further assistance.

An eyewitness told our news team, “you want see the police dem, a run out of the car … mi glad nobody nuh get hurt still.”

This morning, the JCF received 35 cars, 16 pickups, five troop-carrying trucks, four Rav-4s and four prisoner carriages.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said the vehicles will be sent to the police divisions which are most in need.

“Hanover, St James, Westmoreland and those other troubled divisions will be prioritised for the assignment of these vehicles. We are going to look at the rural areas where we are having a serious challenge in terms of murders that are being recorded,” the Commissioner said at the handover ceremony today.

Police Commissioner Carl Williams also bemoaned the state of some service vehicles currently being used by the force. He noted that some have been in use since 1994.

Security Minister Peter Bunting noted that the Government intends to increase the JCF’s fleet by 200 vehicles by the end of the year.