Richardson praises officers’ response after murder spike
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police, Mervyn Richardson, has lauded the gains made by his troops following a spate of murders over the last weekend which saw over ten people killed.
Speaking to the Express yesterday, Richardson admitted that he wanted to speak cautiously about these gains since the Police Service was often taken to task anytime there is a spike in the homicide rate.
Speaking to I95.5 earlier however, Richardson admitted there was a sharp rise in the country’s homicide rate but “already we can see the gains by the officers and the work they have been doing”.
He said, “Last week Saturday alone we recovered eight guns off the streets and over 100 rounds of assorted ammunition. No one got hurt and there was no public outcry so the officers are working diligently and quietly and now we are going into the evidence aspect of our investigation and are now using science to dictate our next steps.”
Richardson added, “Right now the murder toll is 233 and that’s our count while at the same time last year it was 253 while in 2011 it was 256 so we have been making gains and that’s the figure that I like to quote because somebody always want to prove you wrong but I’m just stating that as a fact. We are doing a lot of work with our partners and we are asking the media and law-abiding citizens to partner with us and fight the scourge of crime because it is not only our business but the business of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Richardson also spoke about the on-going investigation into the questionable e-mails, purported to have been exchanged between Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Minister of Local Government Surujrattan Rambachan and National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Gary Griffith.
The investigations started on May 21, 2013.
According to Richardson, “That (investigation) is going ahead full speed and I’m awaiting a response from Google who I have written again and Microsoft and I’ve been doing that with due dispatch and after the response has been received we will press on with our investigation.” —Gyasi Gonzales