Politician wants crime-free February

January 31, 2017
Michael Troupe

Councillor for the Granville division in St James Michael Troupe is calling on politicians and civil servants to march through the parish in a door-to-door campaign to have a crime-free month of February.

In a Facebook post, Troupe wrote: "Calling all MPs [members parliament], councillors, pastors, justices of the peace, teachers, nurses, media personnel, youths and all decent minded Jamaicans, let us campaign to have a crime-free February in St James."

Troupe told THE STAR that since making the post, a number of persons have reached out to him wanting to come on board. "Church leaders, justices of peace and councillors have contacted me thus far," Troupe said.

He hosted a meeting at the Granville All-Age School last night to rally more people.

According to Troupe, most politicians and other social leaders are afraid to directly deal with the issue of crime.

"Most of the leaders are locked behind their grilled doors and they don't care until it reaches their doors," Troupe said.

Troupe, who has been arrested twice in 1997 and 2012 - said that he believes that he is someone that persons will listen to based on his more than 20 years as a politician.

However, he said the police are not invited on this campaign as their presence might cause people to run.

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