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