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Please be informed that you're cordially invited to a community meeting that will be held at the San Pedrito Park on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 6:00PM.

Organized by the San Pedro Police Department, this meeting is in order to discuss current social issues, and your voices will be heard. Your presence will play a vital role in the rehabilitation of the San Pedrito Community.

Joined: Dec 2012
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I have been following this site and I've been to San Pedro 4 times.
I have made new friends there.
I have read about all the killings and robberies.
I was also a police officer in the US.
The mayor has stated that he could make a phone call and the drug people on the north side of the
island, would be removed. Is anyone going to this meeting to remind
him of this statement? He needs to make this phone call now !

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...viscosity very thin.

Joined: Dec 2006
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Lisalee, two soldiers ride up and down the beach twice a day on motorcycles carrying M16's they stopped and gave me their cel numbers and I'm guessing that is a result of the phone call from our mayor.
They also solved a few issues of riding motorcycles on the beach when they ran into some of the blockades left by resorts.

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Joined: Mar 2001
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Update on the meeting:
The meeting was well attended by the concerned residents of San Pedrito. The police gave an in-depth presentation by Supt. Castellanos, ASP Jemmott, Insp. Broaster and PC Choc regarding the crime statistics, programs in place and future efforts along with the limitations they face regarding equipment, personnel and other lacking resources. They also acknowledged the problems regarding the lack of trust and cooperation by residence where distrusts exists between residents and police. They went in depth discussing the programs and alternatives for residents who feel a reluctance to engage with the police.
I was disappointed in the participation by representatives of business whose success is dependent on eliminating, what I consider the biggest threat to tourism and the future of the island - crime. Tropic Air was represented along with Sotheby's Real-estate, who both offered comments. My apologies if I failed to recognize any others who attended and did not speak.
There were three people on the agenda scheduled to speak who either did not show up or failed to give comments. One of which was the Mayor who arrived at the close of the meeting and gave no comments. Minister Heredia also arrived late but gave no comments, although he was not scheduled to speak. I know they both have busy schedules, but was disappointed on such a serious issue that they could not be available to express their concerns and offer information on what they intended to do help with the issue.
All in all, a step in the right direction if followed up with action on both the police and the residents. The issue foremost addressed was the need of both the police and community to be more involved and work together.

Joined: Sep 2008
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The absence of speech(s) for resolutions from government officials such as the mayor and the minister of tourism speaks volumes about this recent tragic event.
If one had serious intentions about resolving crime on the island, would it not be better to have a town hall meeting at a location that could accommodate all interested participants such as the Paradise Theatre.

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Saying nothing says a lot. Silence is complicity.

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Well said Go South.

Joined: Mar 2001
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In all fairness, additional meetings are planed. Due to the recent violence in the San Pedrito area the police felt that was a good place to start.

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