Saturday, April 10, 2004

Ja; So what the police gwine do?

AT LEAST 40 of the island's 172 police stations could be slapped with closure notices from the relevant authorities because of their deplorable physical and sanitary conditions and the non-payment of rent, Police Commissioner Francis Forbes has said.

Mr. Forbes made the disclosure on Thursday, while addressing journalists at the quarterly press briefing of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), at his Old Hope Road, St. Andrew office.

The matter, which was discussed at a recent emergency meeting between the Commissioner and the executive members of the Police Federation, has left a number of rank and file personnel restive, Forbes said.

"I am imploring the appropriate authority to make the necessary funds available to the Ministry of National Security so that this problem can be addressed expeditiously once and for all," he said during the briefing.
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News of the impending closures came on the heels of a recent incident where law enforcement officers at the Richmond Police Station in St. Mary were ordered to pack their bags and immediately vacate the building. This after the St. Mary Health Department served a closure notice on the facility, which is in an unsanitary state.

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