Gov’t says more police outposts will increase response time

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By Robert A. Emmanuel

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is looking to expand police presence in local communities as part of a proposal put forward by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Atlee Rodney, to increase police response time.

Acting Commissioner Rodney and Deputy Commissioner Albert Wade met recently with Cabinet officials to discuss the proposal, which Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister Lionel “Max” Hurst stated was a result of the closure of several police stations that were in dire need of repairs.

He referenced Bolans Police Station whose officers had to relocate to the Johnson’s Point Police Station in 2017.

About two weeks ago, the officers attached to All Saints Police Station were relocated to Liberta Police Station after they protested the unsatisfactory conditions under which they had been forced to work.

The proposal would result in smaller police stations spread across the country, although the exact details of their locations remained undisclosed.

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