Nearly $2 billion new Mobile West Police Complex for Montego Bay
Dr Horace Chang
National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang has announced that $1.9 billion has been allocated for the construction of a new police complex in Montego Bay, St James.
Chang, who was speaking at a town hall meeting at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square on Thursday, said the Mobile West Police Complex will be constructed in Montego Hills, St James.
He outlined: “This $1.9 billion Mobile Reserve complex will be constructed in two phases. March 2019 is the projected timeline for the award of contracts, while construction would begin a month later, in April, 2019.”
The complex is to be comprised of approximately 300 residential facilities to house police personnel, and will be accessible to all members of the force deployed in that area.
Chang told the audience at the meeting that the new police complex will facilitate quicker responses from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the parish, especially after the enhanced security measures are discontinued.
The Mobile West Police Complex will be comprised of four 3-storey dormitory blocks, a general administrative building, including a cafeteria, auditorium facilities, conference rooms and a multi-purpose court.
“This high-security facility will have manned entry points, internal checkpoints and security towers. There will also be parking areas, storm weather drains, sewage collection and water distribution networks, potable water systems, centralised water storage and all the other amenities applicable to a modern purpose-built facility,” Chang said.
“As Minister of National Security, I will ensure the completion of this project, which I know will foster improved policing in St. James,” he added.
He explained that the overall goal is to improve the conditions under which police officers serve, as well as encourage and boost morale among the members of the force.
The development of the Mobile West Police Complex forms part of the ministry’s Five-Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy with emphasis on effective policing and situational prevention.