Work has started on the Port Maria Police Station in St. Mary, that is to cost $250 million.
The building will also house the headquarters for Area 2, serving the parishes of St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland.
The police facility is funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT).
Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, was guest speaker at a ceremony in Port Maria, to mark the start of work.
He said several challenges including land acquisition hindered the start of construction that was slated to begin in 2018. Dr Chang repeated the Government’s commitment to improve the facilities and resources for the police.
“We are providing officers with tools such as non-lethal weapons and modern technology to expand the security force’s crime-fighting capacity. I am confident that once the officers are given the right tools and better working conditions, they will be more efficient in carrying out their duties,” said Minister Chang.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, during his address said the construction of a new facility will symbolise and foster a strengthened relationship between citizens and the police.
The Port Maria Police Station is one of 60 stations targeted for improvement and/or construction for the fiscal year 2019-2020, under the Project Rebuild, Overhaul and Construct (P-R.O.C). The police facility is expected to be completed by December 2022.