Gov't buys aircraft to boost anti-crime effort

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September 21, 2016
This 2007 photo shows a newly acquired 42-foot go-fast boat which is used by the police in anti-crime activities.

The Government is buying an aircraft, two boats, and 50 cars to assist in crime-fighting efforts on the island.

Audley Shaw, the finance minister, made the announcement in Parliament yesterday, and said that plans are imminent for a beefing up of the mobility of the police.

"We have decided to fast purchase some used cars to get them into the system fast," Shaw said.

The purchase an aircraft, two boats, and cars come as Jamaica struggles with a major crime problem. According to the data from the police, Jamaica is averaging almost 100 murders each month.

National Security Minister Robert Montague said last week that the first batch of used vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force is to be deployed within the next two weeks.

Montague said 50 vehicles are being provided in the first instance, and that the procurement process is well under way to acquire an additional 200 motor vehicles. The used cars will be between two and three years old.

Meanwhile, Shaw said that the Andrew Holness Government inherited three patrol boats that were not in working condition. He said that those boats are being traded and new boats would be added to the system.

"We have ordered two boats and we have ordered an aircraft as well. We are taking steps along air, sea, and land ... and, in addition to that, we are acquiring additional equipment that are required in the security operations," Shaw added.

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