Cayman Islands public safety departments have received 26 new vehicles to partially replace what had been described in a recent report as a “growing fleet of dilapidated vehicles” in the local police service.
The vehicles, which cost just under $700,000, include four mid-sized SUVs, two commercial vans, three prisoner transport vehicles, one pick-up truck, three motorcycles and 10 sedans, five of which are police patrol cars.
The distribution is: 16 vehicles to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, four to the Immigration Department, two to the local prisons service, one to the Ministry of Home Affairs and three to the Customs Department.
The vehicles were acquired from Vampt Motors and Automotive Art to replace older ones in the various departments. The older vehicles will either be scrapped or sold at public auction.
“It is estimated that the acquisition will yield savings of over $500,000 over five years in maintenance and fuel efficiencies,” a statement from the ministry noted.