**District Constable arrested for two stolen cars**


July 20, 2018

Adistrict constable assigned to the Catherine South Division has been arrested in connection with two stolen motor cars.

The police reported that about 2:30 p.m., the driver of a Nissan Tiida motor car was stopped on the East-West toll road in St Catherine., and when the vehicle was examined, the vehicle was discovered to be stolen.

Further checks revealed that the driver allegedly bought the car from the district constable. The district constable was summoned by the investigators and he arrived at the station in a Toyota Axio motor car. That car, too, was checked by the investigators and was found to be stolen in Westmoreland.

The district constable was consequently taken into custody. The Inspectorate of Constabulary and the St Catherine South Police are investigating.

More than 100 private partners have joined the network of closed-circuit television cameras being used for the JamaicaEye initiative since its inception in March.

The programme, which was implemented in an effort to utilise both private and government cameras to monitor public spaces, is being used to monitor crime, accidents, natural disasters or other emergencies, to make response more effective.

"This partnership will allow us to expand our footprint and our situational awareness," denior director of modernisation and strategic projects at the Ministry of National Security, Arvel Grant, said.

He explained that the cameras being placed by the Government as part of the network will be installed in high-priority strategic locations, based on information garnered through analysis of crime and accident data.

The parishes of Portland and St Elizabeth have been getting less rainfall than they would normally do. Minister Daryl Vaz, who is MP for West Portland, said a trucking schedule has already been developed for the entire parish, for the period July to September, at a cost of $10 million.

Vaz said that based on analysis of the data covering the April-May period, Portland is being singled out for special concern as, for the second month running, the index suggests early stages of drought with moderate dryness.

"These conditions could further deteriorate to be considered severely, extremely or exceptionally dry," he added.

Vaz has urged members of parliament to work with municipal corporations to devise a schedule for the trucking of water to residents affected by drought conditions.