Griffith: Police will be more visible
National Security Minister Gary Griffith said yesterday he intends to have a more visible presence of law enforcement officers throughout the country as five more people were murdered over the last 24 hours.
Griffith, who was on the job yesterday, speaking from his Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, office, said he had been briefed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mervyn Richardson on the matter.
He said, “Every day at 6 a.m., I get a brief of all criminal activities that have taken place, and I also get a brief of all police reports.”
He said he continues to discuss the crime situation with DCP Richardson and is moving forward with policies and anti-crime strategies.
“Even one murder is too many, much less for five,” he said.
He said he was in the process of “databasing” every report, every single major criminal activity that he received so that “we can start analysing criminal activities and pinpoint the threats…it is only then we can utilise security resources in an effective manner”.
He revealed one of his biggest concerns was ensuring visible presence so as to debunk the perception by criminals that they can commit crime and not be apprehended.
“Detection therefore remains a front-burner issue,” Griffith said.
“From now on, you will be seeing a lot more visible police presence, which commenced from this morning, so that this could add to the comfort that citizens require.”