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More cars for cops in two months
To clamp down on reckless driving and to enhance visibility on the roads, the Police Service has received 228 additional cars and is expected to receive 234 over the next two months. Making the announcement yesterday was acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams at the launch of the new Highway Patrol Unit.
“In keeping with the expansion of our fleet, it was important for us to focus on a particular unit, that of the Highway Patrol Branch and we have identified the need for uplifting visibility and impact of the Highway Patrol Branch. “We have had challenges around roads policing and the number of fatalities and accidents over time,” Williams said. Also speaking was National Security Minister Gary Griffith who said radar speed guns were expected to be introduced soon.
Saying it was not the individual policeman who was faltering, Griffith laid the blame on the system. “I intend to rectify the shortcomings of the system and this also includes the importance for accountability and measurement of performance,” Griffith said. He said accountability must not be seen only as a mechanism for discipline but was also be used as an avenue for reward.
“When you have police officers putting their lives on the line every day, there should be some mechanism to measure their performance and they should be rewarded accordingly. “Apart from that, to ensure maximum success and good performance requires proper administrative, financial and legislative support.” He said training was also an important aspect of improving the performance of law enforcement officials.
“It is not just the assets that are required but having proper mechanisms to ensure these assets do not shut down after a few months and hence a system would be set up to ensure that these vehicles would be operational as much as possible through proper maintenance systems, so they would be on the road on patrols and not in the garage.”
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