Thursday, February 22, 2018

PM receives police manpower audit report; laments high cost of crime*

Million $$ murders

HANDOVER: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, left, receives the final report of the Police Manpower Audit Committee from committee chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran during yesterday’s handover ceremony at Noor Hassanali Room, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

As he accepted the report of the T&T Police Service Manpower Audit Committee yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said: “Every murder case that is going through the courthouse costs taxpayers between $1 million to $10 million. So if we eliminate it (murders) that is money saved.”
He said as murders and other crimes prospered, it meant increased expenditure on the courts.
The murder toll for the year to date stands at 391. Rowley signalled his willingness and commitment to act on the recommendations of the report, with a caveat that his Government did not have a special majority in the Parliament.

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