Adelphi glad for new police station
Residents of Adelphi and its environs in St James are welcoming the completion of improvement works on the police station in the area.
Rehabilitation of the facility, which also serves Lima, Content, Paisley, Chatham, Goodwill, Dumfries, Somerton, Blyeston and Moore Park, was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $42.2 million.
It includes construction of three cell/lock-up areas, an exhibit room, two offices, a guidance office, fencing and a driveway. The main building, barracks area and the kitchen were also upgraded.
"It is indeed very beautiful. This is surely a right step [for] Adelphi and the adjoining communities. I just pray that this effort will also boost the morale of the police, so that they can better carry out their work to 'serve, protect and reassure'," said Ann-Marie Bulgin Graham, overseer of the Good News Church of God of Jamaica in the community.
Lay preacher Lora Lewis Hayles, who is from the adjoining community of Content, said that the rehabilitation project "provides an improvement in the aesthetics of the Adelphi square as a whole".
"It looks very well done and I believe it creates a feeling of stability for the community as a whole in terms of the provision of security for us. So I do hope it will also facilitate improvement in the type of policing that we see in and around Adelphi and the [other] communities it serves," she said.
Ranjil Anderson, of Goodwill, said the improvement of the police station was long overdue, as the facility was in need of repairs.
"Thank God it has been rebuilt now and I hope the authorities take care of it," Anderson said.
The Adelphi Police Station is among several police stations that were being rehabilitated by JSIF through some $235 million in grant funding from the European Union.
The project forms part of a thrust by the Ministry of National Security to rehabilitate and construct police stations across the island.
Among the other stations targeted for improvement are Mount Salem in St James, Franklyn Town in Kingston, Bog Walk in St Catherine, and the Lionel Town and Four Paths police stations in Clarendon.