Griffith: Illegal occupants will be removed from HDC units

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith has giv­en the as­sur­ance that his of­fi­cers will con­tin­ue to as­sist in the evic­tion of il­le­gal oc­cu­pants from Gov­ern­ment hous­ing units through­out the coun­try.

Grif­fith gave this com­mit­ment dur­ing a meet­ing with Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Brent Lyons.

The meet­ing, held at the Po­lice Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, was called to dis­cuss HDC’s safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty is­sues.

In a press state­ment on Mon­day, HDC said in some cas­es, il­le­gal oc­cu­pants moved in­to the hous­ing units that are be­ing re­paired or have been al­lo­cat­ed.

The re­lease fur­ther stat­ed these per­sons posed a chal­lenge to the cor­po­ra­tion be­cause they de­prive le­git­i­mate in­di­vid­u­als/fam­i­lies, of an op­por­tu­ni­ty to ac­cess hous­ing.

“At times, some of these il­le­gal oc­cu­pants have al­so en­gaged in oth­er forms of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties which neg­a­tive­ly af­fect the com­mu­ni­ty,” state­ment said.

In or­der to ex­e­cute an evic­tion ex­er­cise, how­ev­er, the re­lease stat­ed that HDC of­ten re­quires as­sis­tance from the Po­lice Ser­vice and/or the De­fence Force.

HDC re­called that over the last few months, the po­lice have pro­vid­ed the req­ui­site se­cu­ri­ty sup­port for evic­tion ex­er­cis­es which were held in Mal­oney Gar­dens, Nel­son Street, Clifton Tow­er and Rio Claro.

Lyons said he was pleased with the out­come and looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this mu­tu­al­ly re­ward­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Po­lice Ser­vice.

He said, “Of ut­most im­por­tance to me is the re­duc­tion in the num­ber of il­le­gal oc­cu­pants in our com­mu­ni­ties, there­fore I am hap­py with the com­mit­ment giv­en by the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice that the TTPS will con­tin­ue to sup­port us in our evic­tion ef­forts.”

The HDC team, which in­clud­ed Di­vi­sion­al Man­ag­er-Es­tate Man­age­ment Lar­ry Mc­Don­ald and Man­ag­er of Se­cu­ri­ty Stir­ling Hack­shaw, and Grif­fith al­so dis­cussed the HDC’s sup­port for the up­com­ing Com­mis­sion­er’s Cup which will tar­get res­i­dents in a num­ber of HDC com­mu­ni­ties such as Green­vale Park and Mal­oney Gar­dens.

“It is ex­pect­ed that these sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will fos­ter pos­i­tive re­la­tions among res­i­dents and pro­mote greater com­mu­ni­ty spir­it in our hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” the state­ment said.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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