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NEGRIL, Westmoreland: September 3, 2014: Work is to begin this month on a $25 million project to renovate the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland.
Built in 1986, the station which serves the resort town is badly in need of repairs. The money is being made available by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), as part of its ongoing effort to further enhance safety and security in resort areas island-wide.
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, announced the contribution recently at the handing over of three Yamaha motorcycles to the station to improve police patrols mostly in the West End section of the town.
Minister McNeill said the need to enhance security was put on the front burner some three months ago at a community meeting attended by himself and Minister of National Security, the Hon. Peter Bunting.
He said, “along with a number of other stations, especially in the resort areas, the Tourism Enhancement Fund has taken a look at them and we will be addressing some of the police stations that are of particular interest.”
He added that, “already $25 million has been allocated for the repair of the police station here in Negril and by the end of this month work is scheduled to start on the refurbishing so that the conditions under which the officers serve will be much better.”
Minister McNeill expressed appreciation for the work being done by the security forces to keep the community safe, adding that, “of course, our visitors want and expect to be safe and from the Jamaican point of view, what you want more than anything else is a sense of security and safety; it allows us to be productive (and) it allows the country to really flourish.”
He assured Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police for Area One, Gary Griffiths, that “anything we can do to help you keep us safer we intend to do.”
In welcoming the announcement, Actg. ACP Griffiths said, “I cannot overemphasize our gratitude for the work to be done here on the Negril police station.”