Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Big crime drop in 2013


Senior Supt David Abraham, right, receives commendation awards from acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams during a ceremony hosted by the Police Northern Division at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, on Saturday. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

Mark Fraser

In 2013, this country experienced the lowest number of serious reported crimes (SRC) in 29 years, a fact which is not known or even recognised by most people. This was revealed on Saturday night by acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams during a commendation ceremony for the officers of the Northern Division of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.

Williams informed the crowd that in 2013, the number of serious reported crimes at the end of the year stood at 13,146, a significant improvement when compared to the number of SRCs recorded in the previous year and also, the lowest annual number in 29 years.

“In 2013 we realised 13,146 serious crimes in our country, which is the lowest annual total for 29 years. That is a significant drop from 17,840 in the previous year and it could not have been achieved by the TTPS without the big contribution of the Northern Division.

And I want to thank all the officers of this division under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenda Jennings-Smith and Divisional Commander Senior Superintendent David Abraham, and their families for all their support, for a fantastic job done in 2013 which allowed the organisation to realise such phenomenal success,” Williams said.

However, the Police Commissioner also acknowledged that in the eyes of the media, and through extension the public, the murder rate was the “barometer of performance” and unfortunately, statistics showed that in 2014, the murder rate has risen when compared to last year. But even in this regard, Williams noted that the Northern Division still had something to be proud of, as for the year thus far, the Division had seen a drop in the murder rate with 13 fewer when compared to the same period last year.

“The Northern Division would have seen close to 13 murders less than last year’s figure for the comparative period. That’s is a fantastic achievement when you consider that apart from Port of Spain, we have been seeing increases in the murder rate in the various divisions throughout Trinidad and Tobago,” Williams said.

The Police Commissioner then asked the officers of the Northern Division to continue to rally around their Divisional Commander (David Abraham) as he continues to lead the division in various initiatives designed to lower the reports of criminality in the jurisdiction. Among the other officers who were praised were Superintendent Nazrool Hosein, ASP Neville Sankar, Inspector Mark Maraj, Inspector Wayne Baptiste, Sgt Ishmael Pitt, and Sgt Ganga Singh.