JIS News

Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, has said that preliminary work was being carried out for the establishment of a 20-man police station in the Farm Heights area of St. James.
“We have done our surveys, we have done our work and the documentation is in. It is recommended that we put in a 20-man station. I will meet with the Minister (of National Security) over the next week to see how best we can implement that, because we feel that it is important”, he told a meeting of journalists and businesspersons from the parish, held recently at the Executive Inn in Montego Bay.
If approved, the new facility will bring to six, the number of police stations in the parish. The others are located at Coral Gardens, Mount Salem, Barnett Street, Montego Freeport and Summit.
Farm Heights is regarded by the police as one of the problem areas of St. James, as the community is surrounded by some unstructured settlements, which pose problems for the maintenance of law and order. The Commissioner called on the business community, especially hoteliers, to lobby for the dismantling of unplanned developments in the parish, noting that they posed a serious threat to effective policing. “An important industry such as tourism. should possess the power to successfully lobby the government to dismantle existing squatter settlements, and replace them with appropriate low cost housing solutions”, he said.
Responding to complaints about visitor harassment, Commissioner Thomas said the police high command has issued instructions that a zero tolerance approach be adopted in dealing with the problem.