I am totally convinced at this time that government is continuously failing at fighting crime in Trinidad and Tobago as the murder rate has climbed to 262 for the year thus far.
This weekend is the second recorded bloody weekend in recent time with 5 murders in 13 hours following the first such weekend which took place in April with killings mostly in Central Trinidad.
We seem to have a vacationing Prime Minister and three Ministers of National Security as there has been deafening silence from government on the unprecedented rates of shootings and murders.
What must not also go unnoticed is the disturbing trend of the non-reporting of crimes by victims. It seems this may be so because citizens have lost all faith in the Ministry of National Security and the Police in getting a handle on our crime situation.
I will continue to make the clarion call for joint police-army patrols in every crime hotspot in Trinidad & Tobago, to fully utilise the 12 offshore patrol boats bought under the People’s Partnership Government, to monitor our maritime borders and to continue to carry out raids, road blocks, etc. based on reliable intelligence from SSA.
Ms. Ramona Ramdial, MP
Member for Couva North