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JAMAICA – KINGSTON – The Youth Minister has reported that Jamaica’s first child-friendly police station in Bridgeport, Portmore has been completed.
Lisa Hanna says the facility will begin operation as soon as stakeholders have done their inspections and given the all clear.

Bridgeport is among four stations selected as part of a pilot project to retrofit police stations to make them more accommodating for children who come in conflict with the law.
The three other stations are Barrett Town in St James, Moneague in St Ann, and Nain in St Elizabeth.  The Youth Minister said work on the facility at Nain has been delayed, but noted that the design has been completed and the project is to be put to tender.
However, she said work is progressing at Barrett Town and Moneague.

The youth minister said another four police stations are to be selected for improvement under the project this financial year.  She said the goal is to have one child-friendly police station in each parish which would cost $75 million.