Former National Security Minister, Jack Warner, says it is time that Government officially activates a State of Emergency (SoE), to deal with the crime crisis in the country.
Mr Warner was reacting to news of the most recent incidents of gang violence in the capital city, Port of Spain.
He believes the authorities here need to take a page out of the Jamaica playbook with targeted SoEs in hotspot areas, in order to get a handle on gang violence.
The state has been ordered to pay a little over $300,000 in compensation to a Couva businessman who was charged with being a gang member during the 2011 State of Emergency.
The ruling was handed down in the San Fernando High Court by Justice Ricky Rahim.
He ruled that police officers had maliciously prosecuted Darryl Bishop as they did not have reasonable or probable cause to suspect that he was guilty of the crime when he was arrested.