A pie in the sky.
That was the reaction of criminologist Daurius Figueira to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's short, medium and long term crime-fighting measures, which she promised to institute when the United National Congress assumes office again.
Addressing UNC supporters at the Monday Night Forum in Chaguanas, Persad-Bissessar rolled out her plans, stating that the Government had been clueless in bringing the murder rate down.
Ten of the 12 detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) last Wednesday, are still at large.
IDC sources told Guardian Media that they were working closely with law enforcement officials to try and recapture the men who escaped by cutting two chain link fences during the airing period on Wednesday evening.
Two of the escapees — Venezuelan nationals, Charlie Perez Jose and Claudio Flores, were found wandering in a forested area and escorted back into the facility close to midnight last Wednesday.
Four police officers were injured in an accident in Barrackpore Tuesday morning.
Reports indicate that none of the officers received life-threatening injuries.
However, images showed the officers being transported from the scene of the accident in an ambulance.
One eyewitness told Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie that a red pick-up truck which was driving behind the officers crashed into the police vehicle after they suddenly mashed brakes.
A former head of the National Operations Centre (NOC), Garvin Heerah has called for a zonal curfew or a zonal state of emergency as an immediate initiative to help deal with the reduction of crime in T&T.
Heerah was speaking on the recent ranking of T&T as the 6th country making it one of the most violent countries in the world as per capita.
Just on Monday, nine murders were recorded bringing the murder toll to 281.
He was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of CNC3’s The Morning Brew.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced measures to be taken to peg back the spike in homicides in the last 36 hours, which includes the calling out of all officers who are off-duty.
In a statement on Monday, the commissioner said the measures will include:
• Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning;
• Every available police officer will be out on the streets conducting static and foot patrols;
• All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols;
• Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty;
One week after she became vocal on the many serious issues and concerns including criminal activities in the Oropune Gardens, Piarco area the life of a former news anchor Colleen Holder has been threatened.
Holder received credible information on Thursday morning that there is now a 'hit' on her life.
Four of the ten Immigration Detention Centre(IDC) escapees still at large were convicted criminals that were due to be deported after serving time in jail.
Sources close to the investigation told Guardian Media that Venezuelan nationals Henny Quiroz, Nelson Jose Mendoza, Luis Angel Quiroz and Grenadian Ryan Bowen served time for a series of offences which included firearms possession and possession of ammunition.
Mendoza, Quiroz(H) and Luis Quiroz were convicted of possession of a firearm while Bowen was convicted of possession of ammunition.
Police officers who opt not to take the polygraph test or those who fail it will be reassigned.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said yesterday that while there is no disciplinary action attached to taking the polygraph test he has the authority to take some kind of action.
Polygraph testing of regular and special reserve police officers in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would commence next week, a statement by the Police Service said Monday.
The statement said the testing forms part of transformational policing for greater accountability within the Police Service.
The testing will be conducted across all divisions of the TTPS and will not be limited to officers assigned to stations along the South Western Peninsula, the statement said.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with British High Commissioner Tim Stew, to continue discussions on collaboration between the High Commission and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
The meeting took place on Friday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.
Talks centered on how the High Commission can provide assistance through training, to assist the TTPS in strengthening areas of Community Policing, Investigative Mentoring and Forensic Investigations.