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Hope Bay Police Station renovated for Labour Day

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer

HOPE BAY, Portland:

IN AN effort to improve the working environment of law-enforcement officers who have managed to keep a lid on crime in nearby rural communities, a number of civil-society groups, stakeholders, and other residents, last Friday, gave the Hope Bay Police Station, Portland a well-needed facelift.

The facility was selected as the parish's Labour Day project and was carried out despite the inclement weather, which affected the remaining 52 projects that were approved by the Portland Parish Council in observance of that day.

"Crime is everybody's business. It is good to see that we have collaborated our efforts to assist the police, who serve, protect, and reassures its citizens. And although we have been experiencing unfavourable weather conditions, this project will not be stalled, and I am sure that the policemen and women will feel more comfortable doing their work after today," said Mayor of Port Antonio Benny White.

A similar sentiment was shared by parish manager of the Social Development Commission, Ishawawa Hope, who was clad in her raincoat and water boots, as she and members of her team braved the inclement weather to assist with the painting of the outer walls of the police station.

Superintendent of police for the parish, Wayne Cameron, expressed appreciation for the gesture, which he agreed was well-needed in a community where the men and women under his command have extended themselves into the Hope Bay valley as they continue the fight against crime.

"The interior and exterior walls of this station are being repainted. The perimeter wall is being power washed, and we are also removing old vehicles that have been impounded and are piling up at this location for a long time. We are also urging owners of some of those vehicles, which have been cleared by courts, to come in and collect their property," Cameron said.

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