New Dorms at Queen Street for Police Officers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

National Security Minister inspects the work done on the dormsOn Thursday, October 24th, Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar accompanied by Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Elodio Aragon; Deputy Commissioner Alan Whylie and Officer Commanding Patrol Branch in Belize City, Alford Grinage  toured the Rafael Fonseca building located on Queen Street. The purpose of the tour was for them to inspect the work that has been completed so far in refurbishing dorm facilities in the building.

According to Minister Saldivar, the building had originally been constructed to house dormitories, recreation areas and common areas for police officers. Over time however, the building was transformed into office spaces and the dorm rooms were abandoned. Now, the Ministry has invested 75 thousand dollars to partially restore the building to its original purpose. Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Elodio Aragon said that the dorm facilities will be complete by the end of October. At that time, there will be 10 dorm rooms retrofitted and ready to accommodate 20 police officers at a time.

In an effort to cut costs in the refurbishing of the dorms, Aragon says that the work is being carried out by special constables and one police officer. These workers are being supervised by the O.C. Patrol Branch.  Upon completion of the dormitories, officers who work 12 hour shifts and who have to commute outside of the city will be accommodated.

Aragon said that management measures will be put in place to ensure that the facilities are taken care of whenever police officers use them. “We need to take care of our stuff and our officers must learn to appreciate these things because it is for their own welfare,” stated Aragon.

He went on to point out that already this type of culture is being ingrained within the police department where a Vehicle Care Unit has been put in place at the Queen Street Police Station. He said that as it now stands the vehicles that were donated by the U.S. Government a few months ago are being cared for by this unit with proper handling and accountability being put in place. Under the new unit vehicles are inspected, serviced and washed daily.

The work being done to upgrade facilities at the Queen Street Police Station are being matched by other rehabilitative work to be done on other police stations across the country. Work will also be done at the dorms in San Pedro and consideration is also being done for the police living quarters in Hattieville.

Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar has said that the works being done is all in an effort to ensure that police officers have better working conditions across the country.