“The safest place in T&T is inside a Carnival fete…”
So says Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, as he weighed in on the current crime situation and the TTPS' readiness for Carnival celebrations.
And the top cop says his men and women officers are equipped and ready to deal with anything and make sure that their presence is felt.
During a drill with various arms of the TTPS at the Police Training Academy on Thursday, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police aren't being trained to use brute force, but rather, to destabilise potential deadly situations.
One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.
Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.
He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.
The Chief Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says the country needs all hands on deck to deal with the crime crisis.
Gabriel Faria says almost every citizen believes there is a crisis and that something must be done to take back T&T from the hands of criminals.
According to Mr Faria, Team Trinidad and Tobago needs all her players focussing on ending the crime scourge.
“Unless we all have a congruence of goals, we cannot fight the criminal elements in Trinidad and Tobago,” he says.
One Opposition MP is again refuting claims by National Security Minister Stuart Young that MPs were aligned with members of the criminal underworld.
Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew earlier today, Minister Young again alleged there were Members of Parliament engaging with criminals.
He also confirmed that the circumstances of some of the crooked relationships were being investigated by the police.
But Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, again distanced UNC members from the accusations being made by the national security minister.
“It is against certain Members of Parliament and again, I will leave it at that, because I don’t want to interfere with any police investigation…”
That statement from National Security Minister Stuart Young today, as he confirmed that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are pursuing investigations into certain Members of Parliament, who are believed to have ties in the criminal underworld and are cooperating with persons of interest.
He says up to this weekend, he was given information about politicians who have been suspected of having criminal links.
“Recent rhetoric and deflection on the part of the National Security Minister is not helpful and borders on propaganda…”
That assessment from UWI political scientist, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, as he commented on the minister's statements about deliberately orchestrated acts of terror, during yesterday's Post-Cabinet News Briefing.
Dr Ragoonath also is Chairman of the Committee for Responsible Political Behaviour.
According to Dr Ragoonath, rather than engaging in propaganda, Government needs to start delivering some real results from its various anti-crime strategies.
Former government minister, Devant Maharaj, believes only big business will benefit from new legislation to de-criminalise marijuana in this country.
According to Devant Maharaj, the government’s move is less focussed easing up the justice system and restorative justice for urban youth, and more about facilitating big business.
His comments come in light of revelations that relatives of the Attorney General’s wife have registered a company, which appears to want to be involved in the cannabis business.
The Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) is assuring the public that there will be a smooth introduction of the new polymer $100 note to replace the existing $100 note in circulation.
In an official statement, BATT says it welcomes the initiative, which has several national security imperatives behind it.
The complete statement by the Association, follows:
BATT IN SUPPORT OF NEW POLYMER $100 NOTE
Condolences on the death of Wayne Chance, Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission (VOM) continue to pour in.
The most recent have come from National Security Minister, Stuart Young.
The full text of the minister’s statement, follows…
“On behalf of the Ministry of National Security, Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Wayne Chance on his passing last night.
The United National Congress will be exploring its legal options, as part of its response to government’s proposed criminal probe into the party’s alleged connection with Cambridge Analytica.
Confirmation has come from UNC Public Relations Officer, Senator Anita Haynes, who states unequivocally, there is no connection between the party and the political consulting firm.
According to Senator Haynes, once again, the PNM is spreading misinformation, just like they did back in 2015 with Emailgate.