Hud­son mayor sa­tis­fied with po­lice res­ponse

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Mi­chael El­liott is hap­py thus far with what he says is a heigh­te­ned po­lice pre­sence in Hud­son, as well as with im­pro­ved com­mu­ni­ca­tion bet­ween the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and Sû­re­té du Qué­bec po­lice of­fi­cers.

“There is a much hi­gher (po­lice) pre­sence in town and it’s cer­tain­ly over­due,” El­liott, mayor of Hud­son, said last week, ad­ding, “I hope it conti­nues.”

He says he meets with SQ of­fi­cers on a re­gu­lar ba­sis to get up­dates on crime in Hud­son, which has es­ca­la­ted du­ring the past few months.

Res­pon­ding to reports that an ar­med rob­be­ry had ta­ken place in town that promp­ted West­wood Sr. prin­ci­pal Ala­na Le­roux to ask stu­dents to re­main on school pro­per­ty for their sa­fe­ty, El­liott said he was not aware that such crimes had oc­cur­red.

“I just met with the SQ cap­tain last night and there was no men­tion about any such in­ci­dent what­soe­ver... This is the kind of in­ci­dent that should have been re­por­ted,” he said

He feels that the al­le­ged event could have been a case of bul­lying bet­ween kids.

Though if not he would like to see po­lice react stron­gly.

“The kids do come down­town and if there is so­me­bo­dy who is tar­ge­ting them we would need to do so­me­thing,” he said.

Meanw­hile, not eve­ryone is hap­py about the in­crea­sed po­lice pre­sence in town and on lo­cal roads.

“I am get­ting a lot of flack from people get­ting ti­ckets for dri­ving while using cell phones and so forth,” El­liott said with a laugh, ad­ding, “But so be it.”

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