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  • Custos of Westmoreland, Hon. The Very Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin, has expressed satisfaction with the recent town hall meeting staged by the National Security Ministry in Savanna-la-Mar.
  • Westmoreland Resident, Jennifer Baugh, told JIS News that the meeting “was an excellent start by Minister Montague and his team in finding solutions to crime in Westmoreland.”
  • Minister Montague said he will be meeting with his technical team to review and implement recommendations where possible.

Custos of Westmoreland, Hon. The Very Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin, has expressed satisfaction with the recent town hall meeting staged by the National Security Ministry in Savanna-la-Mar.

The meeting was addressed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague; Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams; as well as heads of a number of State agencies.

Custos Perrin told JIS News that he was particularly impressed with the responses from Minister Montague in relation to addressing crime and violence in the parish.

“I never anticipated that so much ground would have been covered and I am sure that the people have left here feeling very satisfied that they came and it was most beneficial. I think the Minister has his hands on (the button) and he is going to make some degree of transformation with respect with how people see themselves and see the parish,” he said.

Westmoreland Resident, Jennifer Baugh, told JIS News that the meeting “was an excellent start by Minister Montague and his team in finding solutions to crime in Westmoreland.”

She called for similar meetings to be held once per month with key agencies in the parish “so we have an opportunity to share our views openly and for persons, who have problems, can have them resolved.”

Western Regional Director for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), T’Shura Gibbs, told JIS News that the meeting provided a good opportunity for the citizens to voice their concerns on various issues.

She said the JPS works closely with communities in the parish. “If you noticed there were only two concerns raised regarding JPS, both of which we were able to answer,” she noted.

The town hall meeting was divided into two segments with social concerns being addressed in the first session, and discussions on crime and violence in the second segment.

Minister Montague said he will be meeting with his technical team to review and implement recommendations where possible.

He informed that he will be taking the town hall meetings across the island.