TNN’s Trevor Lindsay caught up with Minister of Labor and PLP MP for Constituency #17, the Honorable Jason Hayward, this evening during his monthly walk about, questioning the Minister on the recent series of shootings that have occurred within the Court Street area, specifically today’s incident which happened outside of PLP Headquarters, which happens to be his constituency.
“ The behavior that we witnessed today is unacceptable,” he said. “ The area residents feel under siege in their own neighborhood, and that is something that we simply cannot [and will not] tolerate moving forward.”
Minister Hayward intends to speak soon with both the BPS and the Corporation of Hamilton about the level of unsafety, the crime reduction policy and the overall policing strategy for the area.
“ We cannot take our foot off of the pedal in ensuring that we have a society that is free from the level of crime we are currently seeing,” he said. “ We certainly need additional deterrents for this antisocial behavior, and cameras are one thing that we can certainly increase.”
Minister Hayward also believes that the area residents have had to deal with more antisocial behavior and activity than residents in most other areas around the island. Due to this, people in this area are resilient.
“ Area residents remain hopeful that the social fabric of this community will improve, and I am committed to ensuring that we see improvements and a reduction of crime in the area [and throughout the island].”
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