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Citizens grill Dillon over rising crime

CAROL MATROO Saturday, January 7 2017

NATIONAL Security Minister, Edmund Dillon, came under fire yesterday as several members of the public shouted at him asking him what he has done to stem the rising tide of crime in the country.

Dillon was one of the speakers at the “Side by Side We Stand for a Safe Trinidad and Tobago” anti- crime rally at the Waterfront, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

Several civil organisations came together to highlight the escalating crime epidemic surging through the land.

After he spoke, several people began shouting at him demanding to know what he intended to do about crime.

“What you doing about crime in this country, Minister? You answer me that. What you going to do, Mr Minister?” one young man asked. Another chimed in, “Go back to the podium and answer the question, Minister, and tell us what you doing.” However, Dillon just shook his head and said, “There will always be a minority who have their own agenda.

“When you ask what the minister is doing, you have to ask yourself, what are you doing? What are we doing as citizens of TT? What are we doing to assist law enforcement in the fight against crime and criminality? That is what we need to ask ourselves,” he said.

During his speech, Dillon said he did not see yesterday’s rally as a protest, but rather a coming together of people of TT who wanted to make a difference, people who wanted to stand up and make a difference for each and everyone against crime and criminality in TT.

“We have a number of bystanders who stand up, who criticise and talk, but where are they today? Where are they today to come and take a stand as you are doing to take a stand against crime and criminality in TT?” he asked.

Dillon said in today’s world of interdependence, no one entity could treat with the issues that confronted us. He said with the issue of crime and criminality, law enforcement was at the end of the spectrum.

“They are not at the beginning that shape the minds and change the behaviour of the individual.

They are at the end where the minds are already shaped and we deal with that so far law enforcement and national security is concerned.

“What is required is a wider application, wider intervention and that is why I compliment you all in taking this initiative. We have to encourage the coming together of a wider society,” the minister said.

Dillon said his neither he nor his ministry could fight crime alone, but it must be based on a collective effort from a wider TT.

He said there are things being put in place, and they are developing new strategies and plans for 2017. There were 463 murders in 2016; there have been ten so far for this year, 2017.



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