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Police resolution: reduction in crime

By Jensen LaVende jensen.lavende@trinidadexpress.com

WITH just two days left in 2012, many people are making their New Year's resolution and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is no different.

For the upcoming year, the Police Service has just one resolution--a country free from crime and the fear of crime.

Speaking at the final press briefing for the year, TTPS public information officer ASP Joanne Archie said the police service wants to see a reduction in criminal activity come 2013.

Asked if 2012 was a good year for the service, Archie said: "I would say it has been. We have seen a reduction in serious crime and support from the public in our crime-fighting strategies and I think that this support would assist us to make this country a safer place."

Archie said that every murder is a concern for the TTPS when asked if the toll was being viewed by the Police Service as a victory. She added that they would work towards zero murders for the year.

Concerning road traffic accidents, Archie said the safety tips issued by the TTPS have been adhered to, which she said was part of the reason for the lack of fatalities on the roads for this holiday season, unlike in the recent past.

With regard to New Year's Day celebrations, Archie warned that some well-wishers could be fined $400 for lighting fireworks in any street without permission and also warned those with legal firearms to desist from shooting in the air, since this can cause injury.

She added that being in possession of a firearm while drunk is an offence and warned owners that lending their weapons is also an offence.

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