Construction of new Bolans Police Station tipped to start this month

The decrepit former Bolans Police Station has been demolished to make way for a new purpose-built premises (Photo by Observer’s Gemma Handy) Inset - The old Bolans Police Station was closed in October 2017
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Bolans residents are a step closer to once again having their own police station. Demolition of the dilapidated Valley Road building – which was out of action for several years – has now taken place, paving the way for a new purpose-built replacement.

“In a couple of weeks we will see construction start,” Works Minister Lennox Weston told Observer yesterday.

He added that design plans for the new station had been completed, with another section to house a fire station set to be added.

Bolans Police Station has been closed since October 2017, with residents forced to use the Johnson’s Point counterpart instead. Police announced at the time that it would be a temporary relocation while repairs were carried out.

Earlier this year, Commissioner Atlee Rodney upped calls for stations across the country to be upgraded. Many police stations, along with holding cells, have been in a deplorable state for years, with both detainees and lawyers threatening to sue the government.

In June 2020, scores of officers joined protests at the Police Recreation Grounds to demand better working conditions.

A number of stations have since been fixed up, including St John’s and Parham.

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