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Apr 8, 2021

Roaring Creek Chairman Weighs In on Violence in his Community

Roaring Creek Chairman Jervis Banner says he’s concerned about the recent spike in shootings in his village, so he called on the Commissioner of Police to visit the village. On Wednesday, ComPol Williams did a walk-through of the hot spots and implemented a number of measures to curb the crime. Chairman Banner spoke with News Five.

 

On the Phone: Jervis Banner, Chairman, Roaring Creek

“Yesterday I was the one who reached out to the Commissioner. I went over to his office and sat down and I let the commissioner know that I was very concerned about the recent surge in crime in the area. The commissioner told me that he was already looking into the situation and he was going to have a meeting with the officers in the area. He invited me to the meeting and from there we went to do the meet and greet with residents in the community. I believe we will see results because the commissioner has promised that we will have increased police patrols in the community and I noticed that since I woke up this morning that there is increased police presence in the community and they have been doing raids and going to the known hotspots making sure that everything is in order.  The commissioner went to visit some of the hotspots in the area and he was letting the residents know that he didn’t want any retaliations and that if they want something to be done to do it the right way to go to the police and we are here to help.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Chairman, what do you think is fueling that spate of crime we’ve seen in Roaring Creek in the past few days?”

 

On the Phone: Jervis Banner

“Well, what I was told by the police – I was briefed that it’s an internal family gang issue. I am not sure if it is over control or anything but I was told it is an internal issue that is causing the recent shootings in the village.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What were residents saying to you about the commissioner coming there and how do they feel about the extra police around the village?”

 

On the Phone: Jervis Banner

“To be honest, they received us very well. People were happy to see the commissioner of police out there and it gave them that sense of security and assured them that something will happen and we will have more police presence and things can go back to as normal as possible and we can go back to having peace in our community.”


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