Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Chang breaks ground for construction of Green Acres Police Station

Dr Horace Chang (file photo)

Dr Horace Chang (file photo)

The Ministry of National Security on Friday broke ground for the construction of the Green Acres Police Station in St Catherine.

The Green Acres station is one of 60 stations that are being targeted for the fiscal year 2019-2020, under Project Rebuild, Overhaul and Construct (PROC).

In delivering the keynote address at the ground-breaking ceremony, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, said the imminent construction of the Green Acres Police Station is a good example of community partnership with the police.

“The Government understands that in addition to fundamental infrastructural work, education, health and public safety are facets that we seek to improve in strengthening the country and the economy,” said the minister.

He added that there is great value in rebuilding and retrofitting police stations, as creating public safety is important in settling communities and reassuring citizens that they should not only live, but also invest in where they reside.

While lauding Chang and his team at the ministry, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffiths, who represented Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, said the ground-breaking exercise highlighted the Government’s commitment to improving the welfare of police officers.

“My work has been made much easier, as the morale of my members has been lifted, which ultimately improves the delivery of service to the public,” Griffiths said.

Member of Parliament for West Central St Catherine, Dr Christopher Tufton, said the construction of the Green Acres Police Station represents the Government’s agenda to rebuild communities and improve the lives of citizens.

Tufton said fighting crime is not a ‘one-man show’.

 “If we are going to fight crime in Jamaica, the Government alone cannot do it. When the police are supported by members of the community, you get to see the safety and security you have never seen before, if we decide to work together,” Tufton stated.

PROC is aimed at converting police stations island-wide into modern, citizen-friendly workspaces, thereby providing officers with a comfortable environment that is conducive to working, while creating the ambience for citizens to willingly and comfortably engage the police.

To date, 18 police stations are being renovated, 22 have been completed, and the remaining 20 are expected to be started before the end of the present financial year.

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