One million dollars has been allocated by the Ministry of Finance in the 2018-2019 budgetary estimates to facilitate construction of a new police training school.
The police training school, located at Morne Bruce, had been in a state of deterioration which was worsened by the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore announced in Parliament on Tuesday 31 July 2018 that this will facilitate proper training of police officers who are responsible for the nation’s security.
“We want our police officers, our recruits to have the best, the nicest and of course to ensure that when you are a staff officer…you have the dignity of a proper office and proper accommodation,” Mr. Blackmoore said.
He informed that the twenty-one vacancies which currently exist in the Police Force are being filled and twenty-six recruits being trained.
The recruits, who began training in April 2018, are scheduled to graduate in September.
Mr. Blackmoore added that following the completion of this current training, one hundred more police officers will be trained.
“As soon as this training ends in September we’re going to be training another batch to bring and to get the Police Department and the Police Force up to its right numbers to deal with the issues associated with our security and law and order issues in this country,” he informed.
In addition to the upgrades of police stations, Minister Blackmoore said government “will pay, arm and train the police” to ensure that they are well-equipped to provide security to the state.
This government will continue to train, arm and pay the police and to say to them that this government will not tolerate February the 7th, or the Salisbury fiasco any more in this country,” Minister Blackmoore said.
“We appreciate people’s right to protest but the rule of law has to be respected,” he added.