MINISTER of National Security Jack Warner says if the country is expecting a one-man miracle show to deal with crime, it will not happen as he intends to consult stakeholders, including former ministers like Martin Joseph, John Sandy and Howard Chin Lee.
And he has given himself a six-month deadline to be held accountable for making a reduction in crime.
Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting yesterday at its headquarters in Westmoorings, Warner said he couldn't cope with the crime problem by himself and urged his countrymen, including the business community, to get involved.
"Do not believe that there is any 'Superman' to solve crime. No demigod ...no miracle man that would come walking through the desert like Moses and wave his staff and Zap! Everything is okay. That can't happen," he said. "Eradicating crime and restoring law and order to our society will require us rolling up our sleeves and doing some serious hard work and everyone has a part to play and we must embrace our roles."
He said there was no such thing as a Warner crime plan despite the media's attempts to label it as such, adding that naming an initiative did not equate to implementation.
"And therefore you cannot expect that when I announce a strategy you wake up the next morning with a 50 per cent cut in crime," he said.
He said there was a crime plan that would include elements of old strategies which worked and new initiatives. Warner said he planned to discuss the plan with the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC) and then the National Security Council (NSC) before he introduced it to the public.
Warner said the plan would involve soft strategies like some of the already existing mentoring and socialisation programmes and hard strategies which will involve raids, intercepts and pursuits.
"I am sorry to say it but those who choose to live by the gun will have to make up their minds that they will most likely die by it as well," he said.
Warner said in his first 26 days in office he was making sure he had the necessary consultations with stakeholders like the Chief Justice, the Minister of Legal Affairs, the Police Service Commission and others so that he could get the plan right.
And he said he intended to write former ministers Joseph, Sandy and Chin Lee to see if they had an input into the crime plan.
"This is not a partisan plan. It is not a PNM plan or a UNC plan. It is a plan for the country and if Martin Joseph has an idea and it can work, then put it," he said.
Warner said while he was formulating the crime plan, he would roll out bits and pieces so there would be no standstill in the crime fight.
Warner also gave himself a deadline to be effective.
"If in a year, no make that if in six months, you call me back and there is no marked decrease in crime, then you can hold me accountable," he said.