May Pen, Santa Cruz police get new bicycles

Saturday, March 04, 2017, Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Officers from the May Pen Police Station in Clarendon, and the Santa Cruz Police Station in St Elizabeth each recently received eight new bicycles courtesy of the CIBC First Caribbean International Bank.

In a release Friday the police said that the bicycles would aid in community policing efforts.

“CIBC First Caribbean International Bank came on board with the JCF in celebration of our 150th Anniversary and it is indeed a positive one. Their donation of eight bicycles will be used specifically in our town centres and surrounding areas. They will be able to cover a wider area, as opposed to officers on foot patrol, assist in the anti-vending operations and minimize the occurrence of criminal activities in these town centres and we are very grateful for this kind gesture," head of the Clarendon Divisional Headquarters Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell told the handing over ceremony held in May Pen.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Erron Samuels in charge of the Santa Cruz Police Station echoed Cameron-Powell’s sentiments adding that the bicycles would be a “great step” in reducing crime in the rural towns.

"In the latter part of last year we were faced with a series of robberies and though additional police personnel were placed in the towns, we realized that bicycle patrol is what would be more necessary than officers on foot. Based on the size of the towns it would make us better able to get from one side of the town to another quickly," ASP Samuels said. 

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