La Plaine will soon have a brand new police station, which the government said will be ‘state of the art’ and will cost over $3-million.
A ground breaking ceremony took place in the community on Friday October 18, 2013 during which prime minister and minister of national security, Roosevelt Skerrit, said was another instance of the government keeping the promises it has made to the Dominican people.
He noted he believes that crime and criminals must be dealt with in a “very serious and brazen manner” and said that no matter how prosperous a people and a country becomes, “if we are not safe in our own homes and communities, it is of no value to us.”
Parliamentary Representative for the La Plaine Constituency and Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Petter Saint Jean, told his constituents that their safety was of paramount importance to government.
He stated that while La Plaine and surrounding villages are generally peaceful, the new police station will serve as a deterrent to crime while pointing out that “police officers must have a comfortable environment to work”.
The new police station is being financed through a loan from the Dominica Social Security and will cost $3,244,137.12.
The firm of A.K. Henderson Ltd. has been awarded the construction contract and actual construction is expected to last 47 weeks.
The new station will have two buildings. The main building will have two levels, with the lower level housing administrative offices, holding cells and magistrate’s court.
The upper level will house the male and female living quarters. The second building will serve as the Inspector’s quarters.
The La Plaine Police Station has been without a permanent location for a number of years.
This after the first station was severely destroyed by Hurricane David in 1979 and had to be later abandoned.
The station serves the villages of La Plaine, Grand Fond, Morne Journe, Riviere Cyrique and Beotica.