Police Commissioner, Atley Rodney, has given thumbs up to the recently renovated, Parham Police Station, which was handed over by the Ministry of Works for use by the Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday 8th February 2022.
The men and women of District B, division A, of the Royal Police Force within the Parish of St Peters can now operate from the newly renovated edifice, which will serve Pares, Paynters and Fitches Creek.
During his remarks, Commissioner Rodney, says this is a small step to improve the working conditions of not only the Parham Police Station but all stations across Antigua and Barbuda. He adds that the temporary police station will bring relief to the men and women who have over the years, endured some difficult conditions, operating from the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and later the Coolidge Police Station.
Rodney elaborated that the Parham Station represents a purposely built and fitted structure that holds all the components that officers will need to carry out their duties efficiently and offer the public a great deal of professionalism.
He asked officers to be appreciative of the efforts that have been made to bring comfort to their working environment.
The top cop thanks the Ministry of Public Works and officials within the Ministry of Public Safety for delivering on a promise. Rodney further mentioned that it is his hope that other stations such as Bolans, Barbuda and more can be upgraded.
He further took the time out to thank the residents for their patience over the years, having to venture out of their district to make a report. That is now a thing of the past.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Albert Wade who offered welcoming remarks says the temporary facility is a welcome edition and will serve the people of the community well. Wade mentioned that the St Peters parish is well-deserving of a permanent edifice befitting of the first capital city established within the twin-island state.
The building currently has a general report area, rest room for the guard, private interview area for the public, two holding cells, senior officer and inspector offices and kitchen. A water tank and generator have been installed to ensure adequate operation at the facility.