The long wait for better working conditions for law enforcement personnel in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Newgate Street has ended, as the offices were relocated to a newly refurbished building yesterday.
“We are now getting what we need to ensure the police function and function well,” Public Safety Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said as he handed over the keys for the building.
The facility, which can reportedly accommodate about 35 officers – comfortably – was completed recently and is ready for immediate occupancy.
Benjamin said government is on a mission to ensure all police stations in the country are work-friendly.
“This is only the beginning because we intend to look at all the police stations to ensure that they are environmentally friendly for the work the police have to do,” he added.
“When you give them this type of premises from which to work, it means better enforcement, better accommodation, and better environment from which the police could work.”
Meantime, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Clarence Pilgrim also affirmed that audits are being done to government buildings in order to ascertain where repairs are needed.
“If we have not gotten to you yet, we will get there,” Pilgrim said.