THE Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says motorcycles recently imported for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are green and a sign that Government is playing politics.
However, the claim was rubbished by senior cops who said the colour of the bikes will make them easily seen on the streets.
According to the police officers, the colour of the new motorcycles “is in keeping with international standards”, and they pointed to the fleet in Colombia, as well as some of those in the United Kingdom and United States, as examples.
They also said that the policemen and women who will be operating the motorcycles will be wearing similar colour helmets as well, which would further enhance their visibility.
Fitz Jackson, the PNP spokesman on security, said: “Jamaicans must be concerned about the blatant attempt to politically brand the police force by the ‘greening’ of the supplies, which is inconsistent with the established colours of the JCF.”
“The Opposition objects strongly to the introduction of these green bikes in the fight against crime and warns that their presence would immediately compromise the neutrality and impartiality of the force,” Jackson said in a news release.
“We are calling for the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and civil society to lend their voices on the issue to ensure that the JCF’s appearance as a neutral and impartial organisation is not compromised in any way in our crime-fighting efforts,” Jackson said.