Joy as St George’s police station reopens
A long wait has ended for East End residents, as the St George’s Police Station reopened for business following years of refurbishment.
The Old Town had officers back in the station on Wednesday, according to Chief Inspector Tracy Adams, Commander of the Eastern Area.
Officers and the Community Action Team will operate from the building from 8am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8am to midnight on weekends.
Southside Station remains the primary station of the East End.
St George’s dilapidated station had been under repair for more than six years.
Mayor Garth Rothwell called its return good news for residents and visitors alike.
“We appreciate the visibility of police in the town, and especially the increase in foot patrols we’ve been noticing recently,” he said.
“This puts us back on a par with Somerset and Hamilton — another obvious benefit is we have another historic building back in use, and not subject to mould and deterioration.”
Former United Bermuda Party leader and East End resident Kim Swan also applauded the news.
During the station’s years of closure, Mr Swan repeatedly expressed frustration as the opening date was pushed forward.
Last night, he told
The Royal Gazette: “One down — two to go. I am most pleased that the cries of myself for nearly a decade and those of other community leaders on behalf of the people of St George have been realised.
“Community policing together with a visible presence within the town of St George is a positive first step towards helping making St George a vibrant working town again.”
However, Mr Swan added: “Next on my list is the restoration of St George’s Golf Course — and the return of the St George Volunteer Fire Brigade.”