The West End Police Station which offers security to more than eight communities on the western end of Tortola will be reopened in four months.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith gave that indication in the House of Assembly on Friday but said those communities will be policed by officers from another station until the West End facility reopens.
“Post-Hurricane Irma, the communities in West End, Carrot Bay, Long Bay, Smugglers Cove, Belmont, Frenchman’s Cay, Little Apple Bay, Capoons Bay, and surrounding communities are policed from the Cane Garden Bay station. Officers are on mobile and foot patrols in the communities. There is also 24-hour patrols in these communities,” Dr Smith said.
That’s not possible
However, Andrew Fahie, who represents the First District where the West End station is located, argued that it is impractical to have his constituency serviced by another police station.
“It is humanly impossible to police both those areas with the manpower that is available in the station at Cane Garden Bay.”
“This is a very serious concern in that residential area about the security issues and the lack of the presence of the station, and the ability of the officers to be able to traverse between two communities without any degree of speed to help the people,” Fahie said.
But, during a community meeting in his district on Sunday, residents said there is a visible police presence in the area.
The West End Police Station was closed after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused significant damage to the structure in September.
Premier Smith said the entire roof of the building as well as windows, doors, and other amenities will need to be replaced.
The Premier added that government conducted a damage assessment of the structure but the cost of repairs is not yet established.
“The commissioner is working with the governor’s office to address the repairs by March 2018. The restore of the station is projected to have been around April 2018,” he said.