The vehicles, which were procured from a $9 million donation from Wigton, will provide much-needed mobility for police officers at the Station which serves 22 districts in the Manchester Police Division including Rose Hill, Marlie Hill, Smithfield, Warwick, Grove Town, Heartease, Plowden and Woodlands.
The donation marks a continuation of the Company’s support for the security forces in Cross Keys which dates back to the construction of the first Phase of its three plant generating facilities, located in Rose Hill, which was completed in 2004. In the ensuing years Wigton has maintained a close affiliation with the Station, assisting with vehicle maintenance as well as painting and maintenance of the physical facilities.
Known locally and regionally as the largest wind energy generating facility in the English speaking Caribbean, Wigton has been an avid supporter of social development in its neighbouring communities. In May 2018 Wigton completed a $10 million renovation project at the Rose Hill Primary and Infant School, creating a more comfortable working and learning environment for staff and students at the institution. This followed on a $4.5 million rehabilitation project completed in 2017 that restored five water tanks located across Wigton’s 1000 acre property to assist farmers and other residents in Rose Hill and nearby communities which are often stricken by drought.
The vehicles were handed over at a brief ceremony which was held on February 26 at Wigton’s wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester. While addressing the ceremony, Wigton’s General Manager, Earl Barrett thanked the security forces for their continuous presence in the area and the invaluable service they provide by protecting the lives and property of residents.
“Wigton is committed to the development of the communities where we operate and we continually support institutions that provide social services especially education and security,” he explained.
“We know the Cross Keys Police have a lot of ground to cover and mobility is critical and so when we realised that the station was without a serviceable motor vehicle we knew we had to assist because we believe it is critical for the crime fighters within the vicinity to be equipped to carry out their duties if we are to have security and good order in our communities,” Mr. Barrett added.
Responding on behalf of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, head of the Area 3 Police thanked Wigton Windfarm Limited for their commitment to the JCF with the donation of this important asset.
“We have no doubt that these vehicles will greatly assist our service delivery to citizens in the 22 districts that we serve on a 24 hour basis each day. We are encouraged by your generosity that, not only underscores the value in partnerships but further reinforces our collective commitment to ensure a safer Jamaica for all to enjoy or do business,” said ACP Chambers.
“An investment in the JCF is an investment in Jamaica. An equipped and mobile Police service that can adequately serve the citizens is indeed ‘A Force for Good’,” added ACP Chambers.