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Power Company gives $10m toward vehicle acquisition to help fight electricity theft

Jamaica Public Service Company Limited | 2013-06-13 00:00:00

JPS has partnered with the Jamaica Constabulary Force to provide 4 utility vehicles, valued at over $10M, as part of a collaborative effort between the country’s energy provider and the police force.  The move comes as part of the strengthening of the partnership between the two organizations, as they continue the task of fighting electricity theft – which threatens the sustainability of the power company.  

President & CEO of the power provider, Kelly Tomblin, speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Office of the Police Commissioner in Kingston, stressed that JPS could not single-handedly end this scourge.  Arrests for the illegal abstraction of electricity are now up to 121 since the start of the year, she informed.  This is almost double the figure for arrests for 2012.  Significantly, even more assistance will be available through the JCF, she noted, as JPS has now trained 8 law enforcement officers to detect the illegal abstraction of electricity.

The CEO also appealed for a wholistic approach to be taken to the social problem of power theft, as the issue of affordability for the most vulnerable citizens must be taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, noted that the police force has been plagued with limitations, including mobility.  The partnership with JPS therefore comes as a welcome initiative, which will enable the attainment of critical targets, in a cost effective manner.  The top cop pledged that the new vehicles would be used with care, as he looks forward to the positive impact the new resources will have in the fight against electricity theft.

Last year, JPS lost US$30M due to stolen power.

Posted By :Audrey Williams

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