“Fit for duty” is the name of the Police Department’s newest one-hundred- and thirty-two-thousand-dollar Gym. An official opening ceremony was held today at the Queen Street Police Station where the gym is located. The Police Department was gifted with the gym through funding from the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 relief fund. Speaking at today’s ceremony was Commissioner of Police Chester Williams who spoke about the importance of providing police officers an avenue for them to remain physically fit.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Let me say that there is nothing in the police regulation as opposed to the BDF which is a military organization that members must maintain a certain level of physical standard but we do expect that our officers must to some extent ensure that they maintain a certain body structure and a certain degree of fitness. You’d know that the police duties entail a lot of moving around, it entails the pursuing of criminals and we cannot pursue and stop them with bullets at all times we must from time to time to see how we can use our physical self to be able to catch up with criminals and so we’re hoping that with this gym it will put in a much better position to be able to do so. In the past we expected officers to be fit but we were not providing the equipment for them to be fit but here we are today inaugurating this gym so we are now providing the avenue for officers to remain in good physical condition. And so I’m sure police officers will make good use of it because they have been asking for quite some time now. We do have a number of gyms across the city but you know these gyms do come with a hefty fee for which police cannot afford so with this now we believe that they’ll be in a position to be able to afford to come to the gym and get themselves in good physical condition.”
The Minister of Home Kareem Musa also attended today’s event and gave his comments on the donation of the gym.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries: “I think that what we have here today is a very timely donation from the Lord Ashcroft COVID relief fund. As you know the fund had given to food grocery packages and that sort of thing but to have it contributed toward the gym for the police department we’re extremely grateful for the contribution. Like you’re rightly pointed out this is a time for us to be very health conscious and aware of our health status and so it’s very important that we keep in shape especially in times of COVID so I’m sure that the officers will make very good use of the new facility and I certainly if I have some time will make use myself.”
Application forms for the gym are available at the Queen Street Police Station and membership fees for police officers are twenty dollars per month and forty dollars per month for civilians.