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PM to visit affected sites...orders security upgrade

By Anna Ramdass

 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has instructed that security be beefed up around this country’s energy facilities.

Persad-Bissessar is expected to tour the areas which were affected by the oil spills today.

The Prime Minister chaired a National Security Council meeting yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister attended by National Security Minister Gary Griffith; acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams; Deputy Commissioner Ann Marie Alleyne; Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Glen Hackett; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ken Maharaj; and Deputy Director of the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), Allan Araujo.

A decision was taken at the meeting to increase security around installations in the energy sector, both on land and at sea.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that while an investigation is being undertaken, steps will be taken to increase security.

“Stricter security measures will be in place at all energy installations, and access won’t be as easy as before,” stated the release.

Griffith was also asked by the Cabinet yesterday to state what security arrangements are currently in place for the energy sector and a report of further recommendations will be submitted for consideration

The Prime Minister and the security team also agreed that given the increase in homicides in December, there will be more security on the roads this Christmas.

“There will be increased mobile patrols along the main roads and highways. Foot patrols will be increased in the major towns. The Highway Patrol and Rapid Response Unit (RRU) will be monitoring the highways, as statistics show that during the festive season, there has been an increase in road fatalities,” stated the release.

It added that statistics have shown the majority of road deaths have been caused by speed, tiredness and alcohol, or a combination of all.           

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