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  • The community of Hill Run, in St. Catherine, now has a police post that will also serve other districts, such as Hartlands and its environs.
  • It was officially opened on Wednesday, March 18, by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting.
  • Land for the Fellowship Police Post was provided by the Caribbean Broilers Group (CB), and a number of private sector entities put up the over $10 million to erect the structure, and to provide other services to complete the post.

The community of Hill Run, in St. Catherine, now has a police post that will also serve other districts, such as Hartlands and its environs.

It was officially opened on Wednesday, March 18, by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting.

Land for the Fellowship Police Post was provided by the Caribbean Broilers Group (CB), and a number of private sector entities put up the over $10 million to erect the structure, and to provide other services to complete the post.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Bunting said his Ministry is on a drive to develop proximity policing, as when the police facilities are located close to the people that they are serving, it builds confidence between the citizens and the police.

Acknowledging   the support given to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to establish the post, the Minister said when pressure is put on gang members in some areas, they seek refuge in surrounding communities. “This post will serve to be a deterrent for those types of criminals,” he noted.

The Minister expressed gratitude to Caribbean Broilers and the other partners for their support in the erection of the post, and added that farmers will have less theft  of their produce, with the police in the area night and day.

The Minister told the gathering that the St. Catherine North Division is seeing a substantial decrease in murders and other criminal activities, due to sustained police presence, and the same must be done for the communities that will be served by the Fellowship Hall Police Post.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the CB Group, Mark Haskins, said the partnership to establish the post can be a blueprint to develop other communities. “This facility will have all the modern amenities, including communication capabilities,” he said.

Also at the opening were: Member of Parliament for South Central St. Catherine, Dr. Andrew Wheatley; Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Derrick Knight; Head of the St. Catherine North Division, Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, and several farmers in the area.