Work on Police Houses set to begin

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

After 187 days, Deputy Mayor Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez has confirmed that work will commence for the transfer and repair of the remaining two police houses on Monday, September 29th. The houses, which currently sit on a lot in the San Pablo area, were originally donated to the Belize Coast Guard by the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA). After the Coast Guard moved to their new base, the houses were given to the San Pedro Police Department to be used as housing for their officers.Police Barracks-11
According to Nuñez, a foundation will be laid before the houses are moved. “The two wooden houses are not in perfect condition and need several repairs. What we are going to do is that we are going to lay a cement foundation to put the houses on. We are then going to break the houses apart and transport them in sections. Then we are going to rebuild them on the spot,” said Nuñez. On Wednesday August 13th the Ministry of National Security announced that $50,000 was given for the repairs of the two buildings.
Deputy Officer in Charge, Inspector Henry Jemmott has stated that he hopes the houses are completed soon, as they are much needed. “When the new building was inaugurated on Wednesday, August 13th it came as a relief for our officers. They finally had a proper place to reside while in duty in San Pedro. But there are still officers living in bad conditions. That’s why we need these two houses to be completed,” said Jemmott. In addition, part of one of the buildings will be used as a study center for the San Pedro Youth Cadet Corp. “We are also planning to create a computer lab for the children. It will be a place where they can come after school to do homework and socialize. We already have several donations from the community for this project. I think this will benefit the Cadets because it will provide an educational environment; not all children have access to computers and the internet. We want to encourage them to stay in school,” said Jemmott.
The two houses, along with the newly constructed eight bedroom two-story wooden building are part of a larger project by the San Pedro Police Department to remedy the deplorable living conditions of the police officers. The new police barracks was achieved through an initiative of Officer in Charge, Superintendent Luis Castellanos and the generous funding of the San Pedro business community.
The San Pedro Police Department would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have donated towards the police barracks project. Anyone wanting to make additional donations can contact Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nunez at 605-0976 or Inspector Henry Jemmott at 600-6523.

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