Lucea po­lice lock-up closed for re­pairs

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Bryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

AS A re­sult of the de­plorable state of the l ock-up at the Hanover Po­lice Di­vi­sional Head­quar­ters in Lucea, some of the pris­on­ers have been trans­ferred and the fa­cil­ity closed to un­dergo im­me­di­ate re­pairs.

The fa­cil­ity, which is the only one used for the de­ten­tion of male pris­on­ers in the parish, will be out of com­mis­sion for ap­prox­i­mately two to three months to fa­cil­i­tate re­pairs and re­fur­bish­ing. Males ar­rested and charged in the parish have been trans­ferred to the Bar­nett Street Po­lice Sta­tion lock-up in Mon­tego Bay, St James. This ar­range­ment will re­main in place un­til the work in Lucea is com­plete.

The l ock-up fa­cil­i­ties for fe­males and chil­dren in the parish – the po­lice post i n Bus­ta­mante Square, Lucea, and the Kingsvale Po­lice Sta­tion – re­main in­tact.

The con­di­tion at the Lucea lock-up came in re­cently for spe­cial at­ten­tion af­ter vis­it­ing jus­tices of the peace iden­ti­fied sev­eral short­com­ings, which had prompted sev­eral vis­its by the Hanover Health Depart­ment. A de­ci­sion was sub­se­quently taken to close the lock-up and ef­fect the re­quired re­pairs.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Sharon Beeput, who heads the Hanover Po­lice Di­vi­sion, there is still an ac­tive hold­ing area at the di­vi­sional head­quar­ters, where ap­pre­hended per­sons are held un­til they are trans­ported to Mon­tego Bay.

In 2017, when the Mon­tego Freeport lock-up in St James was closed by the St James Health Depar tment, sev­eral pris­on­ers from St James were trans­ported to and held in the lock-up fa­cil­i­ties at the Di­vi­sional Head­quar­ters i n Lucea.

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