The Executive Members of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) have met with the Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda seeking to bring relief to the men and women who work and live at the St John’s Police Station.
The PWA noted that the Newgate Street station is in a state of neglect and are lobbying the government to have repairs and upgrade to the police officer living quarters undertaken quickly. Approximately 100 officers now reside and work there.
Reportedly, strong odours from the cells on the first floor of the building have made it very difficult for officers to work upstairs. The Police are frequently compelled to move their work station elsewhere.
The PWA made several proposals to Cabinet in order to fix the deficiencies. Cabinet has promised to examine the options and to make a decision soon.
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Been there some years ago. The holding cells are disgusting. A small cement trench moves urine and excrement from the higher cell to the lower cells… WTF. This is not humane, even for prisioners. Asking serving members to live about this “shit and piss” is ridiculous. FIX THIS NOW, Please. It is IN-humane.
Strong odors also permeate the surrounding atmosphere on the south of Newgate Street. Walking on the south sidewalk between the Police Station and the intersecting lane during the early evening hours is not pleasant. That situation needs to be addressed.
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