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Kamla: Crime remains top priority for Govt

...but security minister doing well

By Elizabeth Williams

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the fight against crime remains the number-one pri­ority for her Government and while she is happy to date with the performance of National Security Minister Gary Griffith, there is a lot more work to do.

“There is always room for improvement...crime and the fight against crime remains a number-one priority for my Go­vernment. I have made changes, as you know, and while the minister is doing very well, there is more to do. There is  always room for improvement; we cannot rest until we can bring down the murders,” the Prime Minister told reporters during her Christ­mas Toy Drive at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago yesterday.

She said there must be the acknowledgement that serious crimes have dropped.

“I have said before, every mur­der is a tragedy, it’s a loss for all of us. We continue to work very hard, we remain committed in the fight against crime.”

 On the issue of the necessary legislation for the protection of children, the PM said the Government and the police cannot do it alone.

“The Government alone cannot protect children. As you know, the (Children’s) Task Force has promised to give us a first report before the end of the year. In addition, there is Childline.

“The Government and the police alone cannot solely be responsible for the protection of our children. It must be first of all parents, family members, caregivers, guardians everywhere. I think everyone has a duty; our children are with us, sometimes they are not. The responsibility is with all of us.”

She then said she meant no disrespect to the people of Tobago in being absent from the island.

“I do apologise if I have offended anyone by not being here more, but I love Tobago. I love the people of Tobago and, as always, I will try to do the best I can for the people of Tobago.”

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