The Malta Independent 18 July 2024, Thursday
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Police force inaugurates first electric vehicles costing over €300,000

Friday, 21 June 2024, 12:15 Last update: about 26 days ago

For the first time, the Malta Police Force will begin making use of electric vehicles following the acquisition of seven electric vehicles.

The Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, and Employment said that this acquisition was done with an investment of more than €300,000. It added that these vehicles will be used for community policing in addition to being utilised by the forensic laboratory of the Police Force.

The Ministry said that the Community Malta Agency covered €100,000 of the investment, and continued that this agency is currently also covering the overtime payment of police officers involved in escorting fireworks for festivals. It added that this agency has also given a grant for the police to get e-bikes which may be used for community patrols.

Community Police will be making use of these electric vehicles in several localities, the Ministry said. These localities include Rabat, Mdina, Dingli, Mtarfa, Msida, Gzira, Ta' Xbiex, Marsascala, and Paola. It said that the police can utilise tools such as these to better reach various communities and be able to carry out more continuous patrols in certain areas which may be considered the most challenging.

Byron Camilleri, the Minister for Home Affairs, Security, and Employment, was present at the inauguration of the new electric vehicles alongside Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà.

Camilleri said that the Ministry remains committed to making the change to electric vehicles which pollute less, while also continuing to provide services to make communities safer. For his part, Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà said that throughout the last few years, the Police Force has been and still is going through an unprecedented investment. He added that as an entity which works 24 hours a day, these electric vehicles will play a role in contributing to both a safe society as well as a better environment.

The media was not invited to attend the event.

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