Repair Work on Police Academy to Begin Early Next Year

Repair work on the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine is expected to begin early next year, with the project period to last some six to eight weeks.
Sections of the training school, including the canteen facilities and living quarters for new recruits, were damaged during the passage of Hurricane Dean in August. Recently, government allocated some $30 million for the rehabilitation of the institution.
Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith, who spoke to journalists following a tour of the Academy on Thursday (Nov. 22), said that based on the damage to the facility, more funds will be needed to do emergency repairs.
“From what we have seen, it will take a lot more that $30 million to bring back this place to an acceptable standard. We will, overtime, find the money to do the refurbishing or the repairs that are necessary,” he pledged.
During the tour, the Minister spoke with trainees participating in several programmes including Melissa Street, who is involved in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) training course.
She told the Minister that the training has improved her mental and physical abilities and has helped her to remain “focused, dedicated and to study harder.”
“The training is good,” she said adding that, “we (trainees) get a lot of time to play as well. We have good persons training us and a lot of us have improved both mentally and physically.”
The Minister was accompanied on the tour by State Minister, Senator Arthur Williams and officials from the Ministry and the Police Academy.

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