An oil-covered football on the beach in La Brea, hard hit by a series of crude oil spills in the Gulf of Paria. Photo by DEXTER PHILIP

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Security beef up at energy installations

By Multimedia Desk

The Office of the Prime Minister today issued a press statement in response to the series of oil spills on land and out at sea. The following is the statement -

A meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) was held today under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC,Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

Among those in attendance were Minister of National Security, Senator 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.

Among the issues discussed included;

1) Security measures for the Christmas Holidays.

2) Additional security measures for energy installations on land and at sea.

It was decided that the Police Service and Defence Force would work together to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago during the festive season. Acknowledging there has been an increase in homicides in December, the National Security Council (NSC) said every additional resource would be deployed during the Christmas season.

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.

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

Following last week's oil spills in South Trinidad, a decision was taken at today's meeting to increase security around installations in the energy sector, both on land and at sea.

The NSC got an update on the oil spill, and while an investigation is being undertaken by Petrotrin, Government has decided to protect its facilities within the energy sector. Stricter security measures will be in place at all energy installations, and access won't be as easy as before.

In this regard, the Honourable Prime Minister has incidcated an interest in seeing the areas affected by the oil spills. A tour is being planned to take the Prime Minister and other officials through the affected areas on Tuesday.
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