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Nov 2, 2016

Meet and Greet on Albert Street

As we said, we caught up with Commander of the Eastern Division South Chester Williams and his officers on their weekly meet and greet in Precinct One in the downtown area. The officers walked Albert, Orange, Church, Regent and surrounding streets to talk primarily with business owners and some residents about the safety and security of that commercial area. ACP Williams told us that daily patrols in that area is helping to keep the criminals away, but it is still a struggle to make it completely safe since the area is surrounded by gang territories.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We know that we have not been able to provide the level of service that the community requested but we have tried our utmost best to be able to do as best as we can with what we have. Albert Street is an area, which you would know, each and every business owner would want to see a police in front of their business but that is something which we cannot do. So, what we have on Albert Street is two patrols daily and they patrol from seven in the morning until nine at time to be able to deter any persons who may want to commit any criminal act. But, I will tell you that pretty soon when we get the additional vehicles that we will be getting, we will have a vehicle that we assign to Albert Street and the Southern Foreshore area, so with that we should be able to provide more security for the business community and we hope that that will cause a reduction in crime; not to say that, as we speak, the crime on Albert Street or the business community is not down, it is down comparing to other periods.  The fact that we have gang infested areas so close to Albert Street, that itself makes it difficult for us. But what we have been able to do is to put in place a defence zone whereby we have patrols in the different hotspots that are close to Albert Street to be able to contain those persons within their zone to prevent them from coming to Albert Street. We know that it is not a hundred percent proof but it reduces the amount of persons who are more likely to come on Albert Street to try and perpetrate criminal acts.”

 

Reporter

“Any special plans for this year for Christmas?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“Well, for Christmas we will be doing our usual anti-crime campaign and we know that as we venture into the yuletide season, there will be those persons who will try to use the opportunities of persons on the streets shopping to try and commit crimes such as robberies and burglaries, so we will have to step up our patrols as we get closer to Christmas to be able to ensure that that those persons who will be doing their Christmas shopping can be able to do so in a safe environment.”

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