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Trinidad on high alert in response to spate of murders

Featured Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, confirmed the heightened security alert noting that the bloodshed was a growing concern for the Police. Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, confirmed the heightened security alert noting that the bloodshed was a growing concern for the Police.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – January 5, 2015 - The Trinidad and Tobago security forces have been placed on High Alert in response to the spate of gun crimes that have seen ten murders being committed in that country in the first four days of 2015.

A release issued yesterday by the Ministry of National Security revealed that the nation’s law enforcement agencies led by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the National Operations Centre (NOC) will be “heightening their security measures” with immediate effect in an effort to bring murderous rampage of criminals under some kind of control. 

These measures include a heightened presence of joint patrols between the TTPS and the Defence Force, an increase in “stop and search” activities as well as roadblocks and increased intelligence-gathering exercises in all crime hot spots and among persons of interest. 

Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, confirmed the heightened security alert noting that the bloodshed was a growing concern for the Police.

Williams pointed out that  murder was just as much a societal issue as it was a policing issue, and  reiterated that to truly curb the rate of violent crimes, all hands must be on deck and that it simply cannot be a case of, “leaving it up to the police” to deal with. 

“Effective policing is a key feature in the reduction of murders... however it is not the only feature. We have to come together as a society to address this issue. The issue of committing murder has connections to issues of schooling, religion and parenting. We all have to identify the part that we have to play in curbing the rate of violent crimes in the country,” Williams said. 

Williams added that the nation has seen a significant reduction in serious crime over the past year, however the constant highlighting of murder and violence continues to promote fear among the populace. 

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