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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Get more aggressive in war against crime
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has given fresh instructions to National Security Minister Gary Griffith to be more aggressive in the fight against crime. Persad-Bissessar said so during her address at the UNC’s Monday Night Forum in the St Joseph constituency. The meeting was held at the Aranjuez Community Centre in support of the party’s candidate for Monday’s St Joseph by-election, Ian Alleyne.
Not satisfied with the level of crime, Persad-Bissessar said she has “mandated the Minister of National Security to do all that he has to do to intensify the aggression in a war against crime and criminals.” According to the PM: “For too long criminals were allowed to form themselves into ruthless syndicates, bringing terror and tragedy to law-abiding citizens.”She said her PP Government has delivered 228 additional cars to the Police Service and in the next two months another 234 vehicles will be delivered to the police.
Persad-Bissessar also responded to concerns about the decision to paint the new highway patrol cars in blue and the UNC colour—yellow. She said she did not give any instructions to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams to paint the fluorescent yellow on the vehicles. Yellow was the choice internationally, she said, then asked what was the colour of the fire trucks in the country. The crowd shouted, “Red.” The PM then asked: “Did you hear anybody complain? All of the brake lights the back of your car, what colour is it?”
The crowd shouted, “Red.” The PM said: There was nothing political (in the choice of colour), it was based on the scientific research that was done.” And in an apparent reference to the deadlock at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation following the October 21 local government elections, Persad-Bissessar said she “will not negotiate with any party which support criminals.”
Persad-Bissessar made an impassioned appeal to supporters not to allow their votes to be split, warning that the PNM would win if the UNC votes were split with another party and the UNC could only win if supporters remained united.
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