by Kevon Btowne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The town of Sandy Point is the new home of the new National Security & Judicial Complex, which had its grand opening on December 21, 2021.
“I’m happy to have come to recognise that we could deliver four entities in a single space, physical space at the cost of EC$2.2 million,” said Prime Minister the Hon Dr. Timothy Harris.
The National Security & Judicial Complex will house four different department’s staff and personnel from the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, St. Kitts Fire and Rescue, the Customs and Excise Department, and a Magistrate’s court.
The complex was commissioned in 2015, and its deadline was revised numerous times because of challenges with the procurement of materials and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parliamentary representative for Sandy Point in constituency #5, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Infrastructure Utilities and Posts, the Hon. Shawn Richards thanks his constituents for their patients as he worked to fulfill the promise of making the judicial complex reality in Sandy Point.
“To constituency number five, with utmost gratitude, I say thank you for your faithfulness, your understanding and your patience. The attainment of this goal also needed the support of the Prime Minister, who is the Minister of Finance and National Security. Mr. Prime Minister, I thank you for your shared vision of improving police facilities in Sandy Point and other communities. This facility has been long in coming but certainly, it is worth the wait.”
The Deputy Prime Minister recounted the inadequate accommodations at the past police station and Magistrate’s Court which had several health and safety issues, but with the opening of the new complex, the various departments in national security can now be housed in a new home.
“The new Sandy Point National Security & Judicial Complex means no more should be a bit disjointed and delayed responses by the police and the fire and rescue services in this area of the island. No more will the privacy of the male and female officers be compromised in their quarters. No more will lawyers and their clients have to conference outside under a tree in order to gain privacy. No more will persons from this side of the island have to journey to Basseterre to access some custom services and no more will Sandy Point be without Magistrate’s court facilities. No more. No more. Instead, better has been returned to Sandy Point.”
The Minister of National Security expressed gratitude to the various departments and ministries involved in bringing the new complex to fruition.
“I want to say thank you for the high level of collaboration which would have taken place between the Office of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of National Security, of course, to ensure that today’s event could happen in a smooth way, and that the collaborative efforts would redound to the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and to those in Division B,” said Dr. Harris.