Gov’t Considers More Police Stations In Smaller Buildings


Acting Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney has been discussing a proposal which would result in smaller but more Police Stations spread across the country.

He made an appearance at Cabinet on Wednesday.

A statement from Cabinet said because transportation is more readily available police officers seldom live at the police stations anymore.

“The use of smaller buildings would significantly reduce both the capital cost to build stations, or the annual expense to rent or lease privately-owned properties. Increasing the number of outposts could then be achieved within a budget that serves presently to meet the cost of relatively large buildings and living quarters,” the statement said.

The Cabinet agreed to have the Ministry of Works collaborate with the Police Department in plotting the future rental needs or construction requirements, and the absolute number of outposts which can reasonably fit within the annual budget.

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  1. That picture of St. John’s Police Station says it all. How do the Police function in such a place?

  2. Government needs to find an efficient way of dealing with the maintenance of all public buildings. The adhoc way in which it has been done over the years is both antiquated and unsuitable. We have all seen the results of this non “maintenance”………staff of various bodies taking protest action. What the police need is not necessarily more stations but better servicing and maintenance of the existing ones. Large or small, it would boil down to the same thing……..proper maintenance! And the Commissioner need not get involved in these issues. He should have a Service Director within the Police Force who goes around regularly and check on all the police precincts and report to an establish maintenance body within Public Works. It sends a very bad signal if things only get actioned when the head gets involved. It means that the system is not working as it should. On a final note, the conditions of all the police stations have long been a sour point. It’s time to get it resolved.

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