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Security on high alert for Christmas season

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Every additional resource will be deployed to ensure safety and security during the Christmas season says the National Security Council (NSC). 


The council, chaired by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, sent out a news release after a meeting yesterday where security measures during the Christmas holidays were discussed. Minister of National Security Gary Griffith, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, Deputy Commissioner Ann Marie Alleyne, Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Glen Hackett, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ken Maharaj and Deputy Director of the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), Allan Araujo all attended the meeting.


“It was decided that the Police Service and Defence Force would work together to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago during the festive season,” it added. The release noted that there had been an increase in homicides this month and said the National Security Council (NSC) would have every additional resource deployed during the season. “There will be increased mobile patrols along the main roads and highways. Foot patrols will be increased in the major towns. 


The Highway Patrol and Rapid Response Unit (RRU) will be monitoring the highways, as statistics show that during the festive season, there has been an increase in road fatalities,” it said. Joint army and police patrols already have been observed on major streets with high pedestrian traffic in Port-of-Spain.


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