STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER KAMLA PERSAD BISSESSAR AT THE NATIONAL OPERATIONS CENTRE
As today’s events unfold I want to provide reassurance to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
The public disorder we have witnessed in Port of Spain is deplorable and those responsible will face the full force of the law.
There has been loss of life and this will not be tolerated.
It is especially tragic that police officer who lost his life was a law enforcement officer who was bravely performing his job and serving the public and his country.
I extend our sincerest condolences to the family of PC Sherman Maynard.
I want our citizens to be very clear that so long as I am your Prime Minister you have nothing to fear.
Today’s disorder is confined to Port of Spain and is being dealt with effectively.
I have been in constant communication with the National Operations Centre, and am confident that the National Security agencies are in full control of the situation.
Your Government is of course in full control and dealing firmly, speedily and appropriately with what is unfolding.
Immediate measures that have been taken include:
– All prison installations are secured and members of the Prison Service, supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, have been deployed to secure the perimeter of the prisons.
The Prison authorities have assured us that there is calm among the prison population.
– All ports of entry are being monitored and placed on high alert as the search for the escapees continue.
– All medical facilities have been mandated to alert the Protective Services of anyone with gunshot wounds.
I will provide further information as I am able to do so but be reassured this unacceptable episode in Port of Spain is being dealt with.
Once again I assure the population of Trinidad and Tobago that the Security Services have the situation firmly in hand and there is no need for fear or panic.
The authorities will keep the nation updated as developments unfold.
Any citizen with information relating to this matter is advised to call 999 or contact the nearest police station.