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Clean-up activities at the Greater Portmore Police Station in St. Catherine are currently underway, with labour being provided by inmates from four correctional institutions, under the Inmates Public Work Rehabilitation Programme.
The programme, which was launched on November 7, 2007, is being undertaken by the Department of Correctional Services, and involves engaging low-risk inmates, in the cleaning and beautification of public places.
Speaking at a re-dedication ceremony, held at the station on August 14, Deputy Commissioner, Custodial Services, June Spence-Jarrett, said that work at the station began two weeks ago, adding that cleaning and bushing of the area around the station had been completed, with painting of the building to continue.
“I know that it is greatly appreciated by members of the public and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),” she said.
Giving an overview of the Inmates Public Work Rehabilitation Programme, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Arthur Williams, said that the clean-up activity was the 12th project being undertaken since the start of the programme. He said the 13th project, involving the bushing of areas surrounding the White Marl Primary School in St. Catherine, was launched on August 13.
The State Minister also noted that work has been done at public buildings in Kingston and Spanish Town and in the parishes of St. Mary and Manchester.
“We want to continue the programme, to help in cleaning, refurbishing and maintaining as many public buildings as we can,” he added.
Minister of National Security, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, said the idea to utilise the inmates in assisting to keep Jamaica clean, was a fantastic one, which should have started years ago. He lauded the work by the Department of Correctional Services, in trying to rehabilitate the inmates, despite the limited resources.
The Minister, who was on a tour of police stations in St. Catherine, said that police officers must exist in a comfortable environment, citing their effort in fighting crime.
“Members of the JCF, every single day, put their lives on the line for our country,” he said, noting that eight police officers have lost their lives since the year began.
After the ceremony, the Minister, accompanied by senior officials of the JCF, visited the Central Village, Spanish Town, Old Harbour, Old Harbour Bay, May Pen and Lionel Town Police Stations. Earlier, he also visited the Bridgeport, Waterford and Caymanas Gardens Police Stations.