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De Coteau: Govt will get a handle on crime

By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, May 12 2013

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Acting National Security Minister Clifton De Coteau yesterday promised that the People’s Partnership Government will get a handle on crime during the remainder of its five-year tenure.

Speaking to reporters before the start of the Police Service’s 90th annual Sports Day at the Police Academy, St James, De Coteau said, “It is going to be addressed and we will make the citizens very comfortable.”

Saying that crime does not discriminate, De Coteau acknowledged that the problem was still at the top of Government’s agenda and that every aspect of national development, including the tourism sector, stood to benefit from its containment.

The minister, however, did not give a time frame for this containment of crime.

De Coteau was responding to Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams’ announcement on Friday that there were some 188 officially designated crime hotspots in the country and that the Police Service would now seek to implement experimental intervention programmes in the respective areas to reduce crime and generate results.

Williams told a Joint Select Committee meeting of the Parliament that there was a 36 percent drop in serious crimes, including murders, which he attributed to a specific crime plan launched last September.

De Coteau, filling in for National Security Minister Emmanuel George, yesterday supported Williams’ statement and insisted that the menace will be aggressively dealt with.

“As a Cabinet minister, I cannot give any specific details but I know it is being addressed and there are some time lines,” he said. De Coteau regarded as significant Williams’ announcement that crime went down by 36 percent as compared to last year.

“The only thing is the murders but once you have the knowledge you have to have a plan of action to deal with it,” he said.

Yesterday, some 22 teams, comprising police officers from the various police divisions, paraded before the judges in a spectacular display of colour, skill and precision. The theme of the sports day was “Embracing Community Spirit.”

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