One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT).
This was disclosed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.
He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement.
Holness said work on the first 11 stations is slated to commence in the 2019/20 fiscal year, and would cost approximately $1.2 billion.
Among the stations are Port Antonio and Buff Bay in Portland, and the Mobile Reserve Barracks in St. Andrew, where work is already in progress.
The sums earmarked to continue work at these facilities in the upcoming year are Port Antonio – $125 million, Buff Bay – $95 million, and Mobile Reserve – $89 million.
The other shortlisted stations are Port Maria, St. Mary ($250 million); Savanna-la-Mar ($165 million), Little London and Frome ($60 million each) – Westmoreland; Anchovy, St. James and Lacovia, St. Elizabeth ($60 million each); Olympic Gardens ($114 million); and Spanish Town, St. Catherine ($120 million).
He pointed out that based on discussions with the Ministry, it was decided that the earmarked funds could be more effectively utilised to rectify deficiencies identified at the stations.
The Prime Minister said it was also determined that the undertaking would have a greater impact on communities with a higher concentration of NHT contributors, with a focus on the larger police stations.
“We need to demonstrate the value we place on the service given by our security forces, and also the security of our people. One way of doing so is improving the conditions under which they work,” Mr. Holness said.