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Cable Beach Police Station Opened

By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net ANOTHER piece of the Baha Mar puzzle fell into place yesterday as the government opened the new Cable Beach Police Station. A number of cabinet ministers and opposition MPs were present yesterday for the building's ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing. Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said a new police station was necessary to accommodate the expanding Cable Beach community and to continue the government's battle against crime. He said: "We are here today to witness the opening of a state-of-the-art police station with provisions of emergency management services. "The government is taking the lead in the fight against crime - implementing many initiatives and new legislation that together with the work of police officers, we expect positive results." For those who reside, work and visit the western area, Mr Turnquest said they can be assured the best of policing. By placing this new police facility in the centre of a new commercial village, Mr Turnquest said protected services should rival or surpass any other area of the Bahamas. He added, however, that the facility is not unique to Cable Beach. "The government has invested considerable resources to provide for the safety and security of residents and visitors alike," said Mr Turnquest. He said this year alone, the government has spent some $14.5 million on new equipment, technology and crime fighting tools for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. "These assets are to make it easier for police officers to do their job more effectively and additionally it is incumbent on them to take care of these assets," he said. Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said the new facility is perfectly positioned to serve the communities of western New Providence and the Baha Mar development. He said: "This new station is purpose built and will provide comfort and amenities like nothing that exists on the force today."

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