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    The Negril Police Station, Westmoreland, will get a face-lift on Labour Day, Monday (May 25), as members of the Jamaica Ex-Police Association, Florida Chapter, continue their annual refurbishing project in Jamaica.
    Twenty volunteers of the Chapter will team up with members of the local Chapter to assist in the annual all-day exercise, which includes painting, plumbing, masonry, carpentry and installation of new equipment.
    Currently, the members are putting together supplies and equipment, totalling nearly US$8,000, which they have donated for the project.
    This is the sixth annual effort, organised by the Jamaica Ex-Police Association, to do restoration and renovation of police stations across Jamaica. Since its inception, the members have completed work at several stations, including Bog Walk, St. Catherine; Four Paths, Clarendon; Lucea, Hanover; Ocho Rios, St. Ann; and Richmond, St. Mary.
    While in Jamaica, the volunteers will also make a presentation of medical supplies and equipment to patients at the Savanna-la-Mar Infirmary, Westmoreland. The shipment contains wheel chairs, hospital beds, and a variety of supplies and pharmaceuticals.
    Two students will receive scholarships as part of the annual activities of the Association. These will be presented at the annual scholarship banquet, to be held on Saturday (April 25) at the Faith Tabernacle Banquet Hall, Fort Lauderdale, in the USA, and, the other, at the conclusion of the annual restoration project in Negril.
    Each year, the Association awards two scholarships to students – one in a high school in Jamaica and the other, a college freshman in a South Florida educational institution.
    Public Relations Officer of the 10-year Association, Malachi Smith, told JIS News that the group of more than 70 retired officers are passionate about giving back to their homeland and to assist in its national development.
    “We saw the need to focus on areas in which we could assist the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), hence the restoration programme of the institutions,” he said.
    Other chapters of the Association are functioning in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, also in the USA.

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