Cops create traffic tip line


September 08, 2018
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer A police officer directs the flow of traffic at the Hagley Park Road/Omara Road intersection on Monday.

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has announced the creation of a traffic tip line that commuters can use to request the assistance of the police in a particular area.

The number is 876-591-5671.

Anderson said: "This is part of embracing modern technology to create a more responsive police service that is aware of the needs of the public it serves."

Anderson said members of the public can use the tip line to send messages, pictures and videos via WhatsApp to give updates about the traffic situation as they go about their daily commute.

Commuters will also be able to call the telephone number and give information.

Additionally, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB), explained: "The information is then collated at PSTEB headquarters, where it is used to guide deployment decisions."

Allen urged the public to only utilise the tip line for its intended use.

Meanwhile, a total of 169 new constables will be deployed shortly to strengthen the work of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), following their graduation from the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) yesterday.

Of the total, 40 will be assigned to the St Catherine South Division, 25 to Kingston East, 19 to St Andrew South, 15 to St Andrew North, 14 to St Andrew Central, 12 to Kingston Central, and one will be stationed at the NPCJ.

The remaining 43 constables will be assigned to the newly formed PSTEB, which has primary responsibility for public safety in town centres and major roadways.

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