Faro to get new €7 million PJ police station … which could take over four years to be built

A new station for Faro’s Polícia Judiciária is planned but could take over four years to be built. Says Correio da Manhã tabloid, the government expects to invest around €7 million in a project to construct a new building from scratch.

The urgent need to move the criminal investigation police force into a new building was highlighted by PJ’s national director Luís Neves during a recent ceremony in which António Madureira took office as the new regional PJ police chief.

As Neves said, the current station “does not have the adequate conditions nor the dignity and functionality that are needed”. He added that the government is working on finding solutions but pointed out that “these cannot take decades to be found”.

CM reports that the government institute for financial management and justice equipment (IGFEJ) has already met with Faro mayor Rogério Bacalhau who is willing to provide council-owned land near the Senhora da Saúde road for the construction of a new station.

In the meantime, the government may temporarily move Faro’s PJ police into another state-owned building while the new station is being built.

The tabloid adds, however, that the government’s priority is to launch the construction of Portimão’s new PJ police station which was announced in June 2017 (click here).

The station in Portimão will represent a €5 million investment and be built on land in the Raminha area, replacing the town’s outdated and rundown facilities near the town hall.

The “modern” station will be based just metres away from the main V6 avenue and the Paul Harris avenue which leads to the EN125 road and A22 motorway, meaning “easy access” from every direction. Construction is due to begin this year.

For over 30 years, Portimão’s PJ police have been based at a crowded building near the town hall which “simply isn’t up to the modern standards of what a police station should be”.

When the project for the new station was announced, Justice Minister Francisca Van Dunem said the building looks bad from the outside, but “it is even worse inside”.