The Ministry of National Security, under their R.O.C (Rebuild, Overhaul, Construct) Project, handed over 59 new service vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) during a ceremony at the Office of Commissioner of Police on Friday, September 30.
Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson, in his remarks, said the vehicles will greatly aid the Constabulary’s initiatives, the latest being Operation Relentless II.
“Our mobility is one of the key pillars on which we operate. It is critical in an environment where the persons who are doing the wrong things in society are very mobile; they are traversing the country and we also need to be able to move, intercept and engage them as much as necessary,” said Major General Antony Anderson.
He added, “Last week we launched Operation Relentless II [and] we have already seen the benefits of [the operation]. It came on the basis of a lot of planning at the JCF, and joint planning with the Jamaica Defence Force to roll out a scheme of tactical operations to reduce the freedom of action for gunmen who wish to spend their time killing people.”
The JCF head said the vehicles will be deployed in the most efficient way possible to deal with criminals and any gaps in Force mobility.
This boost to the JCF fleet of vehicles goes in tandem with the overall development of the Force, which continues its thrust towards modernization and transformation, with having recently obtained ISO 9001 within some divisions and formations.
“We have embarked on many things—all concurrently,” Commissioner Anderson said. “We have ISO 9001 certification as a Force for certain aspects of what we do in some of our locations, and we are also in the process of rolling out our Station Record Management System, which is already in five stations across three divisions,” said Commissioner Anderson.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, the Honourable Dr. Horace Chang said the government’s commitment to the JCF will continue to ensure maximum efficiency.
“The commitment to take the Jamaica Constabulary Force to a level where they can deal with the level of violence in the society is a commitment we have given and we are not wavering, we will continue to do what is required to improve their capacity. That improvement involves the basic infrastructure of the Police Force and it involves the expansion of the Force,” said Minister Chang.
Minister Chang stated that the motor vehicles provided are a critical part of policing, especially in response times, mobility and communication and added that the Ministry will continue to invest all areas of policing to reassure citizens.