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Gang list still being compiled —Griffith
National Security Minister Gary Griffith said yesterday his ministry was still compiling a list of gang leaders and gang members so information could be passed on to other ministries and taken into consideration when state contracts were being awarded. “I have been liaising with the relevant ministers and we are putting mechanisms in place. It is a very delicate, a very sensitive matter. “What I can say is this Government will not aid and abet criminal elements in trying to acquire state funds,” Griffith added. He was speaking at the handing-over ceremony of the $2 million police post at Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The building, he added, was believed to be the first solar-powered public building in T&T. It also will serve as a mediation centre and has also been outfitted with a flat-screen television and a homework centre, catering to about 30 students. “In keeping with its function as a police post, this building has been outfitted with advanced surveillance technology,” Griffith added. Saying Government was aware of the rising crime in certain areas, he said the Duncan Street community was stigmatised on the basis of crime statistics. “The opening of this police post would go a long way to take away this perception and hopefully turn what has been deemed a ‘hot spot’ to maybe a lukewarm spot to hopefully a ‘soft spot’ in the near future,” Griffith said.
He also urged citizens not to be apprehensive when they saw police officers in their community but rather to feel safe. “We need to change that culture that when you see a roadblock or hear a siren, it should not be seen as something that would affect you but something that will instill a sense of comfort, to act as a deterrent and to provide your most fundamental right, which is safety and security and by and large your right to survival,” Griffith added. He said the Government was exploring the idea of having similar posts in other communities.
He added: “This is just one of the many initiatives we intend to push forward. It is important we see the value of these assets.
“A police post is there to protect and assist the community. See it for what it is.”
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