The Negril Police Station in Westmoreland will get a face-lift on Labor Day, Monday (May 25), as members of the Jamaica Ex-Police Association, Florida chapter, continue their annual refurbishing project in Jamaica.
Twenty volunteers of the Florida chapter will team up with the members of the local Jamaican chapter to assist in the annual all-day exercise which includes painting of the building, plumbing, masonry and carpentry, and installation of new equipment at the station.
Currently, the association members are putting together supplies and equipment totaling nearly $8,000 which they have donated for the project.
This is the sixth annual effort organized by the Jamaica Ex-Police members to do restoration and renovation of police stations across the island. Since its inception, the members have completed work at other stations including Bog Walk in St. Catherine, Four Paths in Clarendon, Lucea in Hanover, Ocho Rios, St. Ann and Richmond in St. Mary.
While in Jamaica, the volunteers will also make a presentation of medical supplies and equipment to patients at the Savanna-la-mar Infirmary in Westmoreland. The shipment contains wheel chairs, hospital beds and a variety of supplies and pharmaceuticals.
Two students will receive scholarships as part of the annual activities of the Association. These will be presented at the annual scholarship banquet of the Association to be held next Saturday (April 25) at the Faith Tabernacle Banquet Hall in Fort Lauderdale, and the other at the conclusion of the annual restoration project in Negril.
Each year, the Association award two scholarships to students, one in high school in Jamaica and the other, a college freshman enrolled in a South Florida educational institution.
Public Relations officer of the 10-year Association, Mr. Malachi Smith told JIS News that the members of more than 70 retired officers are passionate about giving back to their homeland, and to assist in the island’s national development. They saw the need to focus on areas in which they could assist the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), hence the restoration program of the institutions islandwide.
Other chapters of the Association are functioning in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.