(CMR) The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is working in partnership with the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES) to introduce a new low-carbon emission fleet, including self-charging hybrid models.
This partnership is part of the wider Cayman Islands National Energy Policy Initiative to transition to electric, hybrid and low carbon emission fleet vehicle resources and reduce fossil fuel dependency.
The RCIPS said a group would be established to review the composition of the RCIPS vehicle fleet and look at introducing the new vehicles as the current front line police fleet does not meet carbon emission targets.
“We are pleased to partner and work with the Director of DVES and his team to review and agree on future fleet requirements for the RCIPS, to start the journey towards securing fuel-efficient, low carbon emission vehicles,” Commissioner of Police, Derek Byrne said.
Byrne said it is important that as one of the largest government departments, the RCIPS works to support the Government’s initiative to ensure Caymanians benefit from a healthy environment by reducing carbon impact.
“Transition will be incremental and I hope to see fit for purpose, fuel-efficient and low carbon emission vehicles replace our current older fleet commencing in the coming months. In 2016 CIG approved the purchase of 3 fusion fleet vehicles for RCIPS and they have proved reliable and efficient. It is time that we move this project forward and get the next procurement of fleet vehicles right,” added Commissioner Byrne.
DVES Director Stephen Quinland said his team was committed to realizing the National Energy Policy, including the review of the transportation market to identify suitable electric, hybrid, and other vehicle technology available to achieve a reduction in carbon footprint and reduce the reliance on fossil fuel locally.
“As the RCIPS represents one of the largest Government fleet resources, we are working closely with Commissioner Byrne and his fleet team to ensure we find a suitable solution,” Quinland said.