A new booth for police on Central American Boulevard Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2019 00:00

On Wednesday, March 6, the Police Department inaugurated a new police booth on Central American Boulevard. The building is a first of its kind and features security cameras and bathroom facilities, which are not the norm for these kinds of booths. It is located in front of 4 Way Stationery, which was the company that donated it.

According to Emil Young, who represents the stationery company, the idea to build a structure of this kind came after the Young family had originally started helping the police officers, who were stationed in the area. Young says that they had first offered a tent, table and chairs for the officers but these were not suitable to withstand the elements. The idea was soon upgraded to turn the aid into a fully functional forward operating base.

The police’s regional commander in whose area the booth falls under, ACP Alden Dawson noted that this is the best booth he has ever seen in the country. He noted that it will be used to its full capacity and noted that it was well-designed and said the police will ensure to keep it in good shape. He explained that the cameras on the building will allow for officers to keep watch even if they are not at the post.

For his part, Commissioner Chester Williams explained that when he was approached by the Young family to build the booth, he was specific as to what he wanted in it, stating that “We wanted to have something that will make the officers feel comfortable.” The cameras were a specific request as well as windows around the entire both for officers to be able to have sight of every angle. Williams noted that another donor has expressed interest in donating a similar booth and that one will be done in the Back-a-Town Area.