Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite is happy with the progression of four building and renovation projects that form part of the Security Facilities Project.
Tuesday, the Minister with responsibility for the Police, visited the Cane Garden Civic Centre in St Thomas where a police station and magistrates’ court are being constructed; the old Black Rock Police Station renovation project; the retrofitting work on the male barracks at Central Police Station; and the construction site of the future Hastings and Worthing Police Station.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Oral Williams and Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce were two of the top-ranking members of the Royal Barbados Police Force who participated in the tour, along with other officials.
The Attorney General said he had grasped the opportunity to visit the projects, all of which were started at the beginning of the year, to see the progress in the past six months.
Speaking to the media at the end of the site visit to the Hastings Police Station project where the tour ended, Brathwaite said while there had been some setbacks, he was pleased with what he had seen and with the reports he had received from the various sites. He also pointed out the projects had been up to point with the allotted budget of $76 million.
“I think generally we seem to be on course, except for the first project at Cane Garden, where we had some challenges in terms of the foundation. But maybe that’s a blessing in disguise, because we have ended up with some additional space,” Brathwaite said.
The Attorney General said while the renovation at Black Rock should be completed by year-end, another update of the other projects should be given at that time.
Brathwaite, however, pointed out that the project was not the final answer to finding space for placement of all the police departments. He said there was still an issue sourcing a location for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
“We are trying to get them into one space, and also we still have plans of doing a headquarters for the management. We have access to the site [for the headquarters], but we still have to do the drawings and so on,”
Officials of Innotech Services Limited, responsible for the construction of the Cane Garden-based, two-storeyed police station, and magistrates’ court, said the excavation issues had not halted the progression of the buildings estimated at a cost of about $16 million and scheduled to be completed by the end of February, 2017.