THERE are ten known gang members who are behind the majority of murders in this country.
Minister of National Security Gary Griffith made this statement yesterday in light of the recent spate of killings which has taken this year’s murder toll past the murder rate for the corresponding period last year.
During a telephone interview yesterday, Griffith said, ten gang leaders have been identified as being responsible for the majority of killings in this country.
But despite these men being identified as major players, Griffith said there is a lack of evidence in order to have the men arrested and prosecuted.
As a result of this, Griffith has renewed the call for members of the public to come forward and provide the police with the relevant information that could lead to those gang leaders being arrested and prosecuted.
“And if you do not trust the police, come to me. Come directly to me,” said Griffith.
The minister said he understood the fears of some citizens would have when giving information on criminal activities and this is why an online system is being set up where citizens can go to provide information anonymously.
“This is even more discreet than Crime Stoppers and 555, but we are not just looking for information on who may be carrying out the crime, but also information that could be used as evidence in court. There is always a witness to crime because there is no perfect crime. Clues are always left behind so we also need better crime scene investigations,” said Griffith.
He added that once these gang leaders are arrested, prosecuted and convicted, there would be a major decline in serious crime.
“So the Ministry of National Security is also working with the Ministry of Justice in this regard. We have to send the message to the criminals that they cannot commit these crimes and get away with it. Once those gang leaders are locked away, the other so-called gang members will disintegrate,” he said.