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January 23, 2013
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Charles Gordon Market to get police post

The St James Parish Council on Friday handed over space in the Charles Gordon Market to the Area One police for the setting up of a police post.

The approximately 264 square feet of space is part of a complete facility, which was built at a cost of approximately $3.2 million.

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Parish Council, Councillor Glendon Harris, in his comments at the brief handover ceremony, noted that the establishment of the police post at the market, located on Fustic Road, is part of a plan to attract more visitors to the facility.

"We need to make this, as is the case in most other jurisdictions, the local fruits and vegetable market/food market an attraction," he stated.

He said that the St James Parish Council has embarked on a concerted effort to put order into vending at the market, which has brought back some amount of civility and dignity to shopping at the facility, noting that even tour buses have started to revisit the market.

full support

"I invite every well thinking citizen of the parish to come and assist us in ensuring that the Charles Gordon Market is a place of pride," he stated, while also calling for the full support of the vendors.

Assistant Commissioner in charge of Area One, Devon Watkis, in accepting the facility, informed that a team of approximately 14 police personnel will be posted there.

He said they will be tasked with ensuring that consumers and vendors can conduct business in a safe and secure environment so as to enhance commerce.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Davon Crump, in his remarks, promised some furniture for the new police post.

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