Murders, Carnival and Anti-gang legislation on the national security agenda
The National Security Council under the chairmanship of the Honourable Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley met for four and a half hours on Thursday 25th January, 2018 from 3 pm to 7:30 pm.
Present at the meeting were the Acting Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and a number of Divisional Commanders of the TTPS, the Chief of Defence Staff, Director SSA and the Commissioner of Prisons.
The discussions focused, in the main, on the troubling number of murders for 2018, firearm related crimes, gang activity and the preparations for Carnival 2018.
The TTPS reiterated to the members of the meeting their desire for Anti-Gang Legislation to be passed in order to assist in their fight against criminal, gang-related activities and gave examples of the use of the previous legislation and its effects on their effort to fight gang-related crime.
The use of illegal firearms in serious crimes and murders was discussed along with the efforts that were being made to reduce the numbers of illegal firearms.
Focus and attention was given to the presentation made with respect to the plans for Carnival and the collaborative approach being adopted to ensure a safe Carnival throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
The meeting was a productive one and the Government maintained its commitment to the law enforcement bodies and officers in supporting their fight against crime.