St Ann Municipal Corporation Leadership Criticizes Police For Skipping Monthly Meetings


The St Ann Municipal Corporation has sharply criticized the police in the parish for their regular absence from the council’s monthly meetings in recent times.

The Councillors say with several incidents of crime in their divisions it was important for them to know what the police were doing and they expected to be told at the meetings of the Corporation.

In recent months, the police have been absent from some monthly meetings although the new Superintendent, Calvin Small, was present for the council meeting in May.

On Thursday, when the police report was requested, no senior officer was in attendance.Several members of the municipal corporation raised concerns while others criticized the police.

Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon-Bailey, says the absence of the police in recent months amounted to disrespect of the St Ann Municipal Corporation.

Mrs. Gordon-Bailey says it’s of paramount important that the police attend the council meetings.

Several other councillors voiced their criticism and gave details of incidents in their divisions on which they wanted to hear the police speak.

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Belnavis says the Council is to write to the police in the parish advising them that they are expected to attend the general meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation. 

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