Jamaica’s police stations, notoriously under resourced and in poor condition, are being given upgrades and renovations.
Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe has welcomed efforts by the government to repair police stations across the island to make life easier for police officers and the public they serve.
“We definitely welcome the development; we believe that it is unprecedented,” said Rowe. “In addition to doing the development and refurbishing, there needs to be a rigid maintenance programme to ensure that these facilities do not fall in a state of disrepair.”
National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang announced that six police facilities are earmarked for repairs under a multi-million-dollar European Union funded Poverty Reduction Programme later this year.
“The conditions of our police stations are so poor that there is a greater need for wide-scale development.
In addition to the six police stations to be repaired — Adelphi and Mount Salem in St James; Denham Town and Franklyn Town in Kingston; Lionel Town and Four Paths in Clarendon — work has already been done on many other stations. More stations have also been earmarked for repairs in coming months.