60 Police Facilities to Be Renovated this Fiscal Year

For this fiscal year (2019/2020), some 60 police facilities are earmarked for renovation. For this fiscal year (2019/2020), some 60 police facilities are earmarked for renovation.To date, repairs have been effected to 17 facilities, of which Spring Hill and Trench Town are fully complete.This was disclosed by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he closed the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 31.He noted that the 15 facilities are at various stages of completion, including  police stations in May Pen, Moneague, Islington, Mountain View, Hayes, Sandy Bay, Fletcher’s Land, Highgate, Morant Bay, Ulster Spring, Falmouth, Kingston Central, Black River, Negril, and the Headquarters of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB).“Work on the remaining 43 facilities will come on stream during the course of the year,” Dr. Chang said.He informed that the eight police stations that are next in line for the start of repair works are Clark’s Town, Gordon Town, Mavis Bank, August Town, Allman Town, Admiral Town, Tivoli, and Irish Town.“So, we are on target to impact 149 of the 186 police stations in operation, by the end of this fiscal year,” Dr. Chang said.Additionally, the Ministry is in the process of acquiring lands in Spanish Town and Savanna-la-Mar to reconstruct the St. Catherine North and Westmorland Divisional Headquarters, respectively.Also, through partnership with the National Housing Trust (NHT), nine police stations are earmarked for reconstruction during fiscal year 2019/2020.These are Port Antonio (November 2019 completion date); Buff Bay (40 per cent complete); Port Maria (drawings approved), to begin in August 2019); Olympic Gardens (mobilisation); Frome (drawings awaiting approval); Lacovia (drawings awaiting approval); Little London (drawings awaiting approval); Anchovy (drawings awaiting approval); and Stony Hill (drawings in progress).“These are in addition to the major construction that is to take place at the Harman Barracks and the new Montego Bay facility. The facilities at Summit, Free Port and Coral Gardens have also been selected for refurbishing work,” Dr. Chang said.Meanwhile, through collaboration with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), another seven police stations will undergo major renovations during fiscal year 2019/2020.These include Denham Town, Mount Salem, Adelphi, Bog Walk, Franklyn Town, Lionel Town and Four Paths.Dr. Chang pointed out that the deteriorated state of many police facilities resulted from a lack of continuous upgrade and upkeep spanning decades.“In an effort to stem this cycle, we will be installing a Facilities Maintenance Programme that will allow for multi-tiered monitoring of the improvement needs of the police facilities islandwide and in real time,” he said.“These structural improvements will, undoubtedly, boost the morale of our police officers and will positively impact the quality of the service they provide,” the Minister added. Story Highlights To date, repairs have been effected to 17 facilities, of which Spring Hill and Trench Town are fully complete. This was disclosed by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he closed the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 31. read more

Advanced Video Enforcement Technology to Improve Road Safety

Cabinet has given approval for a framework to engage the private sector in partnership for the implementation of a programme of advanced video enforcement technology, to improve road safety through changed driver behaviour.This is contained in a Minister Paper tabled in the House of Representatives recently.The document notes that among the key elements is the use of video technology to detect red light infractions, speeding, prohibited turns, and improper lane use.The Ministry Paper further states that providers are to be allowed access to monitor vehicle databases only to the extent required for operation of the system and under strict confidentiality requirements.Other key elements include: compensation to key providers to be negotiated within each agreement, aligned to the successful collection of penalties derived from the use of their system; a comprehensive programme of public education is to be developed; and an oversight committee is to be established to monitor the operations, technology and other related elements of the use of electronic enforcement.The Ministry Paper says the Government is to determine the locations for deployment, based on the road safety imperative. It also states that data security is to be of paramount importance.“The proposed electronic surveillance system will be developed to detect breaches or violations of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, through the use of unmanned electronic devises, and will result in the sanctioning of the owner or driver of the motor vehicle being operated in violation of the Act and Regulations,” the documented says.It further notes that the system will assist in the execution of the enforcement and legislative components of the National Road Safety Policy. Story Highlights This is contained in a Minister Paper tabled in the House of Representatives recently. Cabinet has given approval for a framework to engage the private sector in partnership for the implementation of a programme of advanced video enforcement technology, to improve road safety through changed driver behaviour. The document notes that among the key elements is the use of video technology to detect red light infractions, speeding, prohibited turns, and improper lane use. read more