Police and soldiers out in their numbers as JUTC drivers return to work

Members of the security forces were out from as early as 4 o’clock Wednesday morning (Sept 25) to ensure the safety of JUTC drivers in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Calvin Allen (right) with a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the Kingston Metropolitan Area on Wednesday (Sept 25)
(Photo: Gary Mitchell)

Soldier and police officers could be seen across major corridors searching vehicles and making their presence felt in the wake of threats against JUTC bus drivers.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Calvin Allen, who is in charge of the Constabulary’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, said there were no reported incidents.

He said he gave the management and drivers of the JUTC the assurance that they would be safe while conducting their duties.

Police officers and private security officers were placed on JUTC buses Wednesday morning as part of measures to prevent any possible attack in the wake of threats being made.

JUTC drivers withdrew their services on Tuesday after a colleague was shot dead in the New Kingston area Monday night.

His killing is believed to be in reprisal for the stabbing death Monday night of a taxi operator by a JUTC driver. The incident occurred in the Patrick city area.