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Warner: I took security ministry despite discouraging comment
Jack Warner is claiming he was told he was given the National Security Ministry so that he would fail and his track record of producing results could be tainted.
Warner made the disclosure in Parliament yesterday as he made a statement on crime statistics. “In the face of adverse statements that this was a daunting task, prone to failure and which may taint my track record of producing results, I fearlessly took up the mantle and accepted the challenge to improve the Government’s responses to crime,” he said.
In his 16-page statement titled A Comparative Analysis of the Crime Stats for the Period 2008-2012, Warner listed some of the major crimes which he said flourished under the last People’s National Movement administration, from the growth of gangs, kidnappings, robberies, murders, and the interception of communications to “dustbin explosions.”
Recalling then prime minister Patrick Manning’s promise to investigate “Mr Big,” Warner said, “As the Minister of National Security, I enquired into this and was told the T&T Police Service has no information on this ‘Mr Big’.” Claiming a lot of the present crime had been inherited, Warner said some of his initiatives were aimed at facilitating a significant reduction of the problem. Statistics, he insisted, would show this had been achieved. Warner began by quoting American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes to show the importance of statistics.
“In order to understand what is, we must know what has been and what it tends to become,” he said. Statistics provided by the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch of the police service attest to the success of his crime strategies, despite questions raised on the released figures, he said. “The same agency recognised by the previous administration as the legitimate authority on crime statistics. “It was good statistics when they were in office. They are bad statistics now,” Warner said. Quoting these “bad” statistics, the minister said from the beginning of 2010 to 2012, many categories of serious crime have, generally, been on a decline.
This prompted a long whistle from Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley which, in turn, caused Speaker Wade Mark to jump to his feet in outrage. “You cannot whistle in Parliament. I am asking you to desist from whistling,” Mark shouted. After the interruption, Warner disclosed his crime reduction statistics. He noted there was a reduction in serious crimes from even during the state of emergency in November 2011 and November 2012 from 1,221 to 1,184. Going even further back, he said under the PNM in 2009, there were 507 murders. In 2012 there were 377 murders. “That is 130 less, which means one less murder every three days than under the PNM,” Warner said.
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