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  • Minister Clarke joined scores of volunteers to do refurbishing work at the Whithorn Police Station in the parish, on Labour Day (May 23).
  • From early morning the workers, from various groups and organizations, began repairing the roof and doors, and painting the station.
  • Minister Clarke told JIS News that even though a project was earlier selected for the parish focus on Labour Day, he identified the station, as guided by the national emphasis on police stations.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Hon. Roger Clarke, joined scores of volunteers to do refurbishing work at the Whithorn Police Station in the parish, on Labour Day (May 23).

From early morning the workers, from various groups and organizations, began repairing the roof and doors, and painting the station.

Minister Clarke told JIS News that even though a project was earlier selected for the parish focus on Labour Day, he identified the station, as guided by the national emphasis on police stations.

“I targeted the Whithorn Police Station, because it is central in terms of the agricultural areas, and as the focus is on praedial larceny … I made the decision to focus on this one.  The Police officers have been helping in a significant way and the community is very much involved in this project. I am sure that at the end of the activity, the station will look far different than what it was yesterday,” Mr. Clarke said.

He informed that many other projects were being worked on across the parish, with approximately $300,000.00 being spent to beautify community buildings and spaces.

“Here at the station we are engaged in extensive refurbishing of the roof, repairing doors, desks and giving the station a face-lift in terms of painting.  We hope that the work will be completed today. However, if this is not achieved, we will be making arrangements to have it completed soon afterwards,” Mr. Clarke told JIS News.

Woman Corporal Joan Evans from the Community Safety and Security section in Savanna-La-Mar , told JIS News that all members of the police youth clubs were involved in Labour Day activities across the parish.

“There are some 55 members of the clubs as well as persons from the community here today and we are happy that we are involved in the project, as this will set the stage for a new era in community policing.  This is where the police actually live and we are happy that by our involvement in the project, we will be making it comfortable for the police who live and work here,” she said.

She expressed the hope that the police and community will form a strong bond to deal effectively with crime as well as disputes and interpersonal challenges within the parish.