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WIHCON builds $12-million police post for JCF in St James

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (second right) cuts the ribbon, officially opening the first private/public sector police post at the Meadows of Irwin, with the assistance of (from left) Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington; chairman of WIHCON, Peter Melhado; minister of state in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams; and managing director of WIHCON, Delroy Alcott. Contributed
From left: Supt Sharon Beeput of the Montego Freeport Police Station, Corey Grayson, project manager, Judith Bruce of WIHCON, and Peter Melhado pose for the camera at the handover ceremony of the police post at Meadows of Irwin. Contributed

A police post valued at $12 million was recently presented to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in St James by housing developers West Indies Home Contractors (WIHCON). The gift is the first public-private partnership in which a developer constructs a police post within its development, at no cost to either the government or to the community's residents.

In his address at the ceremony, WICHON's chairman, Peter Melhado, said this was consistent with the company's mission statement, 'building communities, building a nation'. Melhado said it was his wish that the station would go a very far way in creating an environment of stability and security in keeping with the beauty of the area. He added that WIHCON was deeply committed to the communities that it develops. "This partnership is a testament to that commitment."

Community to be policed

Some 800 soon-to-be completed homes in the community stand to benefit from the facility, as prior to this initiative, the nearest police station would have been at Freeport, some distance away.

A substantial portion of the cost of construction was contributed by several key suppliers who endorsed the concept of a public-private partnership, and the police post is ergonomically designed to house up to 12 officers in comfort, without sacrificing its effectiveness as an operating base.

Designed by WIHCON, the facility includes an office, an interview room, a reception desk, a waiting area, a lounge, and a kitchen, as well as male and female restrooms and sleeping quarters. WIHCON suppliers, contractors and skilled artisans contributed their materials and services to see the post become a reality.