The T&T Police Service is not aware of any gang war pending in the Port-of-Spain division - such as between Beetham and East Port-of-Spain- but police have an action plan to deal with any gang-related activities nationwide, says National Security Minister Edmund Dillon.
He spoke about the issue in Parliament yesterday responding to Opposition queries about an anticipated “all-out gang war” between Beetham Gardens and East Port-of-Spain communities and said that police was monitoring activity there.
Dillon said he was not quite sure there was evidence of an “all-out gang warfare” in the two areas.
“Based on advice from the Commissioner of Police while there have been recent homicides in the Beetham and Belmont areas, the TTPS is not aware of any gang war pending in the Port-of-Spain Division.
Nevertheless, the Port-of-Spain Division has a clear plan of action designed to deal with criminal activity including those related to gangs,” he said.
“The division is supported by the Inter-Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Court and Process Branch, Organised Crime and Intelligence and CID units. TTPS is sufficiently prepared to treat with any issue concerning gang violence in T&T,” Dillon said.
Police have also prepared and trained with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to handle the Anti-Gang law recently coming into force “and they are prepared to deal with any eventualities related to gang-related activity,” he added.
Dillon’s assurance came on the eve of tomorrow’s visit to PNM’s Port-of-Spain South constituency by President Paula-Mae Weekes as part of a Laventille outreach programme. President’s House officials said the visit is on.
Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Gail Alexander)