Wednesday, January 8, 2014

No more excuses: PM Kamla gets tough on crime

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar Tuesday
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar summoned members of the National Security council to an emergency meeting Tuesday and made it clear to the heads of the Protective and Security Services that she will no longer accept excuses for failure to deal with crime.

She said starting immediately there will be a zero tolerance policy with respect to crime and criminal activity.

“The war on crime will be intensified. And let me make very clear – the zero tolerance applied to crime and criminal activity will also be applied to the performance of the protective and security services,” the Prime Minister told members of the NSC.

She said, “At no time can crime be considered acceptable. And the recent spike in violence and murders has made the situation completely intolerable…I, both as Prime Minister, and Chairman of the National Security Council, will no longer tolerate excuses for failure by our protective and security services to keep our country safe.”

The Prime Minister called the meeting to discuss the unprecedented spike in violence and murder despite increasing efforts in focusing resources, implementation, modified equipment, new technology and police visibility.

She demanded from the NSC members, reasons why this increase in crime is happening and asked them for answers about how to deal with the problem.

In a statement to the media following the meeting the Prime Minister said she has mandated immediate results, and will be taking a much deeper role in monitoring the progress of the protective and security services in turning back the tide on crime and violence.

She also told members of the NSC that she holds each of them “personally accountable” in the pursuit of criminals. “I have instructed all Heads to operate at full capacity, and operate based not on excuses for why something cannot be done, but a clear plan on how all possible measures will be taken to secure the lives of our citizens,” she said.

She also made it clear to members of the NSC that each of them would be held personally accountable for any further failure to keep the peace and protect citizens. "The people of Trinidad & Tobago are demanding results now. And therefore they must see results now," she said.

Persad-Bissessar also had a warning for the “evil and violent minority”, whom she said have inflicted “fear and tragedy” on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

"Wherever you hide, whoever your accomplices are and whatever you believe you have done with impunity, we will find you, and we will punish you,” the Prime Minister stated.

Persad-Bissessar announced certain immediate measures to help deal with the crime problem:
• No leave for all police officers
• Further modernisation and development of National Operations Centre
• Closer monitoring by PM on the performance of National Security members
• Greater collaborative effort between the Police Service and the Defence Force
• Police to work with Ministries of the People and Gender to provide safe houses to victims of domestic violence
• New dogs for Canine Unit

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