Security forces recovered six guns and 825 rounds of ammunition from five "hot spots" on Monday, says acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams. At a media briefing at the National Security Ministry, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, Williams said they were recovered in Diego Martin, Maraval, Arima, Chaguanas and San Fernando. He also confirmed two teenagers had been arrested in Paramin in connection with a January homicide and four people were arrested in relation to stolen vehicles. Williams was also asked about reports of a father and son who were injured in a 4 am attack at their home on Tomato Trace, Diego Martin, on Monday. That would have occurred during the 9 pm to 5 am curfew in that "hot spot" area.
Williams said he would look into the report to verify it. He said there had been a heightened police presence in that area.
He said security agencies were targeting the recovery of guns and drugs and focusing on driving down homicides. Williams declined to identify the operations of security forces, saying it would be foolhardy to do so. Asked if he felt the "big fish" would lay low during the state of emergency and thwart the exercise's results, Williams said the public would be left to judge from the results. National Security Minister John Sandy said the Government would continue to go after the criminals if the crime rate continued after the state of emergency ended. He said the special tribunal to hear grievances of people regarding issues in the state of emergency would have been in place by the end of yesterday. He said the tribunal was finalised in a meeting on Monday with Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said a contingency plan had been formulated, alongside the state of emergency, regarding protection of coastal borders to prevent more guns from being brought into T&T.
He and Williams urged the public to report information on criminal elements. Ramlogan added: "This is your time Trinidad and Tobago. All those of you who had whined and bitterly complained and questioned what they were doing... given that you know what is going on in your own backyard, your village or your community. "So anyone with information concerning criminal activity and about crime taking place in your community, you know the numbers of the Crime Stoppers and the police... this is your time. "We have created a window of opportunity for each citizen to stand up and participate in the fight against crime. This is your time, make use of it wisely." Apart from possible extensions of the state of emergency, Ramlogan said there were other options, including targetting specific areas or imposing a curfew on specific individuals.