Pri­vate sec­tor pledges funds to tackle crime in Port­land

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Gareth Davis Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

PORT AN­TO­NIO, Port­land: FACED WITH a sharp in­crease in gun-re­lated crime and mur­ders, the pri­vate sec­tor, in­di­vid­u­als, and a political rep­re­sen­ta­tive have pledged money to as­sist with crime­fight­ing ef­forts.

At a stake­hold­ers meet­ing at the Ken Wright Pier in Port An­to­nio on Satur­day night, Min­is­ter Daryl Vaz an­nounced that the money will be made avail­able to pur­chase two mo­tor ve­hi­cles needed to as­sist the po­lice in car­ry­ing out pa­trols, espe­cially at nights in com­mu­ni­ties where there has been an in­crease in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“San­dals Group has pledged $1 mil­lion. Ad­di­tion­ally, Michael Lee-Chin has also pledged $1 mil­lion to­wards the pur­chase of the units and $500,000 has also been pledged by a pri­vate cit­i­zen. From my Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund, I am con­tribut­ing $1 mil­lion. Crime is ev­ery­body’s prob­lem and we can no longer turn a blind eye as it is now at our doorsteps. Crim­i­nals will not be al­lowed to un­leash fear and may­hem on our law-abid­ing cit­i­zens,” Vaz added.

Ear­lier, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Dr Carl Wil­liams urged Port­landers not to al­low crim­i­nals to dis­rupt the peace and calm of a parish which is con­sid­ered the safest is­land­wide but to, in­stead, re­port to the po­lice any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity that they may have wit­nessed.

Daryl Vaz

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