The new Wismar Police Station, which is being constructed in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), is now between 35 and 40 per cent completed, as work continues to move apace on the building, construction of which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
According to a supervisor in charge of the works, the inclement weather pattern has posed some challenges to construction, but a roof is expected to be built shortly with the hope of cushioning the effects of the adverse weather pattern.
Upon completion, the new structure is expected to house offices, barrack rooms for officers, holding cells, and an outside parking lot, all of which were not included in the former structure.
The project, which commenced in September of last year, was initially expected to be completed within a year.
Regional Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Hugh Winter, had commended the move as a step in the right direction, as he noted that the new facility is expected to have more suitable and spacious amenities and accommodation. According to Regional Commander Winter, the former building was not equipped with certain departments and offices, but contained just about 4 main offices. The Regional Commander has said that, once completed, the new building would be equipped with additional offices.
“It will cater for new offices, such as interview room and such like. (The previous structure) didn’t have such facilities…so this will have various offices. They never had an Inspector Officer’s office, but they will get one now,” Winter had noted.
A contractor from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is working along on the project. In the meantime, policing services at the Wismar location would continue to be carried out from an adjacent building.
In 2018, a new Regional Police Headquarters was commissioned at the Mackenzie Police Station at a cost of $117M. (G13)