Alligator Pond Police Station gets face lift
The Alligator Pond community, active and retired members of the police force and a contingent of friends from Florida in the United States came together on Tuesday June 1 to give the police station a face lift.
The group painted the station and carried out minor repairs as well conducted a massive clean-up exercise.
The Florida group headed by Mr. Alphanso Dun was comprised of women and men.
They also donated a new double door refrigerator to the station.
The station was severely damaged by angry residents in January of this year after a fisherman was shot and killed and another injured on the Alligator Pond beach by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The incident resulted in two days of demonstration by the residents who blocked the road with debris and large bond fires and attacked the police station. No one was charged in the incident, which left the police and the residents divided.
Community Relations Officer for the Manchester police, Sergeant Verona Johnson, said she was grateful to the Alligator Pond residents and the others who volunteered to restore the station.
In order to make communities safe, the police must have the input of the residents, which can only be accomplished with a good working relationship, said Sgt. Johnson.
Inspector Clive Ramsay, the officer in charge of the station, also expressed his appreciation to the participants, I am happy with the new path both the residents and the Alligator Pond police are on.