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  • Work will continue this year to build and upgrade police stations across the island through a combined investment of $331 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), National Housing Trust (NHT), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
  • DCP Quallo, who represented Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, at the function, informed that the building and upgrading work is critical in creating a motivating work environment and enhancing service to the public.
  • The project also entailed the overhaul of the roofing; construction of a new lecture theatre, holding area, identification room, perimeter wall, and barracks to accommodate some 70 police personnel; and retrofitting of the administrative building.

Work will continue this year to build and upgrade police stations across the island through a combined investment of $331 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), National Housing Trust (NHT), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), George Quallo, made the announcement in his address at the official opening of the refurbished Negril Police Station in Westmoreland recently.

He informed that six new facilities are slated to be built in Franklin Town and Olympic Gardens in Kingston; Longsville Park, Clarendon; Shady Grove, St. Catherine; Port Maria, St. Mary; and Maroon Town, St. James.

In addition, work will be undertaken to renovate facilities at Denham Town, Kingston; Lionel Town and Four Paths, Clarendon; and Spanish Town and Central Village, St. Catherine.

DCP Quallo, who represented Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, at the function, informed that the building and upgrading work is critical in creating a motivating work environment and enhancing service to the public.

“In any sector or any business, a proper work environment stimulates best professional conduct and results; it should not be any less for the police force,” he said.

“Undertaking the construction and renovations at police facilities across the island is helping to enhance the professionalism and morale of our officers,” he added.

He informed that during 2015, more than $300 million was spent to retrofit/refurbish station facilities and lock-ups in order to bring them on par with global standards and to uphold the human rights of persons in the custody of the police.

“Renovations done at this Negril Police Station further supports that commitment. All cells were renovated, the capacity has been increased to 33 to reduce overcrowding, and a female compartment installed,” DCP Quallo informed.

The project also entailed the overhaul of the roofing; construction of a new lecture theatre, holding area, identification room, perimeter wall, and barracks to accommodate some 70 police personnel; and retrofitting of the administrative building.

DCP Quallo called on the law enforcement personnel to take care of the improved facilities provided, and continue to “serve with integrity as they unite in keeping the town of Negril and its environs safe for locals and visitors alike.”

He commended the Tourism Ministry and Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, for the consistent support in bolstering the crime-fighting initiatives of the JCF, particularly in the resort areas.