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Government will be moving ahead with plans to relocate the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA), to new and better facilities on Surbiton Road in St. Andrew.

The move will free up the valuable Ruthven Road property where the centre is currently located, to be used for housing development.

[Read the Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation]

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the announcement while delivering her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House, on Tuesday, April 30, under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’.

The CISOCA is a branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and is one of two police facilities that the Prime Minister mentioned that will benefit from assistance from the National Housing Trust (NHT).

Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the Trust will be giving special attention to the police this year, emphasizing that the valuable work being undertaken by the police requires that every effort be made to improve their working environment. Against this background, she informed that the NHT will be assisting with the development of the physical infrastructure of the police.

“This includes work which will be accelerated on the re-development of the Central Kingston Police Station at East Queen’s Street,” the Prime Minister informed.

By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter