|DEAL WITH MURDERS |
By Nalinee Seelal Thursday, March 3 2016
ACTING Commissioner of Police (CoP) Stephen Williams has called on divisional heads to deal with the rising incidence of murders which up to press time yesterday, stood at 86 so far for the year. The top cop’s call to his divisional commanders came after he and executive members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) held a meeting on Tuesday with Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon at Police Administration Building in Portof- Spain.
Newsday was told by senior police sources that Commissioner Williams yesterday mandated all divisional commanders, Police Secton heads and task force units to put together a ‘priority offenders list’ and target persons, who according to intel, have been engaging in continuous criminal activities.
Division heads were also instructed to find ways and means of reducing the amount of murders, shootings and woundings committed in their respective divisions.
The meeting of all divisional heads, head of sections and units was called by Commissioner Williams, following last week’s launch of the 2016 anti-crime initiative.
Newsday understands all Divisions will use the priority offenders list to target persons who are known repeat offenders, persons suspected of being involved in criminal activities, persons already before the courts and persons on outstanding warrants. Newsday understands that apart from the priority offenders list, officers have been asked to seek and flush out others who may not be on the list, but who have been identified as persons intent on breaking the law.
At the meeting yesterday, divisional commanders using Computer Statistical Reporting, were able to review their progress in crime fighting as well as measure their detection rate in order to implement measures for improvement.
The officers were also addressed yesterday by other executive members of the Police Service.
A source told Newsday that Acting Commissioner Williams is very concerned about the spate of murders and is also concerned over the amount of crimes in which guns are used. He has asked that all heads set a specific target in terms of removing illegal firearms and ammunition from their divisions.
This he believes, will go a long way in reducing serious crimes especially murder.
Officers were also asked to improve their interaction with the public because it was noted that fostering a partnership with the public will go a long way in assisting in the fight against crime. Additionally, officers were asked to increase their visibility and carry out more anti-crime exercises to keep the criminals on the run and to restore a sense of peace in the country.
Officers who attended the meeting yesterday gave their commitment to do all that they can to bring crime down to a minimum.
The Southern Division has the record for the highest number of illegal firearms seized so far for the year. This division has the record for the largest reduction in crime.
Thirty-one illegal firearms have been seized under the supervision of Southern Division Commanders - Snr Supt Irwin Hackshaw and Detective Inspector Don Gajadhar.
Some of the weapons recovered include Tec 9 sub-machine guns, pistols, shotguns and revolvers.
The weapons were seized from the Moruga, Princes Town and La Romaine areas. The nine Police Divisions in the country are: Northern, North-Eastern, Western, Central, Southern, South-Western, Port-of- Spain, Eastern and Tobago.