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Police outpost now at Portmore Toll Plaza

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen (left), Commanding Officer for Traffic and Highway Patrol Division and Superintendent Preston Wray (right), Commanding Officer for Highways, inspect one of the offices of the Highway 2000 East-West Portmore Toll Plaza Police Outpost with Constable Jodieann Wright (second left) and Corporal Alicia Henry last week.

Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Clifford Blake accepted the keys to the police outpost at the Portmore Toll Plaza office from TransJamaican Highway Limited, the developer of Highway 2000 East-West, last week.

The approximately 320 square-foot space with two offices, a kitchenette, and restroom facilities - as well as 20 police-branded high-reflection vests - were handed over by managing director of Jamaican Infrastructure Operator Limited (JIO), Thomas Lamothe.

JIO, which operates the East-West Network, said the outpost means a closer relationship and easier transference of information with Traffic and highway Division of the JCF.

 

Benefits the public

 

That sentiment was echoed by Superintendent Preston Wray, commanding officer for Highways, who said the partnership does the public good.

"The partnership between the Highway 2000 East-West Operator and the police greatly assists our efficiency and effectiveness. We are maintaining a presence to ensure that the motoring public go about their way in a safe manner," Superintendent Wray said at the handover.

National Road Operating and Constructing Company Limited director of technical services, Stephen Shaw, praised the opportunity to enhance road safety.

"This post is timely, as recently we had issues with motorists breaching the lanes at the Portmore Toll Plaza. We believe the increased support from the police and the provision of this facility can help to curb that problem. So, while we continue to enhance the highway network to be safer and more reliable, we also have to provide facilities to ensure that we maintain that level of service as the safest road network corridor in Jamaica," Shaw explained.

"There are many hard-core assets that are along the entire corridor and the presence of the police is critical. The fact that an office is right here within this structure provides for a greater flow of information to treat with pre-existing and occurring issues. The commanding officer and the administrative team are right at the fingertips of the toll operator and vice versa. We expect greater flow of information and treating with the various matters on a daily basis," SSP Allen said.