The project is being jointly funded by the European Union to the tune of EC$10. 8 million, while the local government will make a cash injection of EC$1.3 million.
Minister of National Security and Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, told invited guests on Wednesday, 15th January, 2014, at a ground breaking ceremony at Lime Kiln, that “The center that will emerge on this site will be key to the training and continued professionalization of our nation’s law enforcement personnel with intergenerational benefits to our nation.”
Dr. Douglas added that it will also serve as a focal point for law enforcement training throughout the entire region thereby enabling St. Kitts and Nevis to make yet again a meaningful and substantive contribution to the safety and stability of the region as a whole.
The building has been designed to accommodate various activities and the interior Designer/Planner Arlene Edwards of Williams Architecture indicated that key components of the two story building will include a conference room that can accommodate 90 persons, two computer rooms catering to 64 persons, a library, classrooms, dining room, kitchen, and a number of private offices on the lower level. The top level will feature dormitories for 80 males and 24 females, laundry room, multipurpose room, gymnasium and indoor basketball court. Elevators and ramps will allow easy access for persons with special needs.
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mikael Barfod added that “the Caribbean region faces many security challenges such as domestic abuse and violence, illegal drugs trafficking and gang violence. St. Kitts and Nevis will hopefully be better prepared to present and mitigate these issues when this 38,741 square foot training center is up and running.”
The visiting diplomat likened the center to a seed, explaining that it has to be nurtured, managed and protected in order to reach its full potential
Agencies including the Police Force, Defense Force, the Fire and Rescue Services, Customs and Excise Department as well as the Prison services will have access to this facility when completed.