Over $300 million is expected to be spent to construct seven modern state-of-the-art police stations across the country.
The police stations are under construction in Arima, Maloney, Piarco, Cumuto, La Brea, Moruga and Brasso by French construction firm Bouygues Batiment Ltd under the purview of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) with guidance from the National Security Ministry.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar together with UDeCOTT chairman Jearlean John, National Security Minister Jack Warner and Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal as well as acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams toured the Arima and Maloney Police Station sites.
At both sites, nearly 50 per cent of the construction was already completed.
The Prime Minister noted that the new police stations are modern and include not only facilities for the police but have rooms where the people and community groups can come in and talk to the police.
She said there were also holding rooms for juveniles so they do not have to be placed in cells, fingerprinting areas, ID parade areas, computer rooms, training rooms and more.