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Wishes for a safer T&T in 2018

Published: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Even as Members of Parliament were sharing their New Year’s wishes for a drop in the murder rate on Monday, there was a bloody start to 2018 with five murders recorded in eighteen hours. This continues a trend of recent years where January is the month with the highest number of murders.

Sadly, the body count continued to increase yesterday, with more murders reported within just the first few hours of the day.

At the risk of belabouring the point, these developments negate any progress claimed by the T&T Police Service (TTPS) with its detection rate. The final murder toll of 2017 came frighteningly close to the highest ever recorded in this country, so it doesn’t help that another year has started with a spate of killings.

The fervent hope is that things will turn around and the wishes of the MPs and others for a safer, more prosperous T&T will come true.

Let the mas’ begin

An official notice sent out yesterday shows that President Anthony Carmona has signed the official declaration of Carnival 2018. It confirms that the period of Carnival will be from 7 pm Thursday, January 11, to midnight on Tuesday, February 13. This is in accordance with Section 47C (2) of the Liquor Licenses Act and Section 5 of The Public Holidays and Festivals Act, Chapter 19:05.

Of course, it is a well known fact that, official notices aside, the Carnival season is already well under way and is now in full gear. The first major fete took place on New Year’s Day.

While the three interest groups are yet to collect their budgetary allocations for the festival, they have not allowed that to delay their preparations for the shows and competitions that will soon begin. Hopefully they will come up with some creative solutions for the financial shortfalls that are expected this season.

Good response to PCA app

Just a little over three months after its launch, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is reporting “significant momentum” with the use of its mobile application. According to the PCA, more than 100 reports have been made via the app which has been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

The app is the first of its kind in the region and the PCA is to be commended for a strategic use of technology to strengthen its connections with the public.

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