Parfaite Harmonie gets $65M Police Station with special room for domestic violence cases
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday commissioned the newly constructed state of the art Police Station at Parfaite Harmonie on the West Bank of Demerara.
The Police Station was constructed at a cost of $65M and includes a special room for domestic violence cases.
The construction was done in two phases; phase one of the project included the landfilling and the construction of the concrete fence and access bridge while the second phase was the construction of the actual building.
Ramjattan noted that the Police Station also includes an interview room with one-way viewing glass for witness protection.
The Police Station also has a male and female barrack along with a modernized locker. They are also external washrooms and a waiting area for visitors.
“We want to ensure that we make these Police Stations that are going to be user-friendly by the public and also those who will come to make complaints, come to use it, those who will come to give witness statements and those who within view of a new development with domestic violence and….family incidents that they are going to have privacy when talking,” Ramjattan said.
Ranks at the Police Station were also presented with a new ATV and a motorcycle. The Minister said that bicycles and a motor vehicle will be added soon.
The Public Security Minister urged that the residents of the community cooperate with the Police and give them maximum support in the discharge in their duties.
Police officers were also encouraged to engage with the community.
“It is my expectation that the Police in this division will enhance their engagement with the communities they serve, that is one way of sustaining very low crime rates…when the community and the police work together, we are ensured of a greater more safer security.”
Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan said a total of $1.8B has been allocated from Central Government for the refurbishing and building of police stations across the country so that policemen and women can provide citizens with the service they deserve
“Until the end of 2018 we had invested approximately $821M on police stations and police buildings and this year some $307M to standardize our infrastructure, of course, it is our goal to ensure the capabilities and the capacities are increased in that regard,” Ramjattan said.