Saturday, May 11, 2013

No "massive" crime problem in T&T: Richardson

One of the country's top police officers has confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago does not have a "massive" crime problem.
File: DCP Mervyn Richardson
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mer­vyn Richardson made the point in an interview with the private television network TV6.

He was responding to questions about statements made on Monday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar that serious crimes decreased by 36 per cent during the first quarter of this year.

Richardson said the perception about a serious crime problem is created because of what he calls the “widespread publicity of crime”.

He stated, "There is no massive crime problem in Trinidad, you know...we have had some murders and we have had some crime that makes the headlines, but crime is at an all-time low in Trinidad and Tobago right now.”

Richardson added, “We are at a 36 per cent decrease in serious crimes in Trinidad and Tobago, so anything, any initiative, any piece of equipment that we could use to further dampen crime is appreciated.”

He acknowledged a high homicide rate but said it is lower than in previous years.
“Well, even homicide is down on the last-year figure, year-on-year homicide is down...What is happening is the fear of crime people see because of the wide publicity that crime gets is what generates this in the communities,” Richardson said.

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