Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is assuring that despite the surge in murders, measures are being taken to restore a level of security to citizens especially during the Carnival season.
The pledge comes as the public continues to grapple with an uptick in crime and violence and lament their vulnerability to criminals.
During a drill with various arms of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) ahead of the Carnival season yesterday at the Police Academy, Commissioner Griffith said the current bloodshed was not related to the Carnival season and added that measures have been put in place to bolster the protection of citizens.
“There is an operational plan for every single event, so probably the safest event to be is attending Carnival fetes. So I want the public to be comfortable. No need to be fearful, just be careful. We are out in full force at every Carnival event.”
National Security Minister Stuart Young, said gangsters were behind the upsurge in bloodshed and again pointed to the proliferation of high-powered rifles fueling the murders.
“What you’re seeing right now is a lot of reprisals with gangs and gang activities, leading to wanton shootings at each other and also the types of firearms they have is a major concern to us.”
Minister Young reiterated that one murder was one too many and maintained there were no correlations with the recent spate of killings to Carnival. He said all arms of the TTPS were working in tandem with each other and exploring intelligence gathered.
He, however, stressed the opposition’s support on legislation aimed at keeping gun offenders off the street was critical to reducing the bloodshed.
During yesterday’s exercise, officers assigned to the Guard and Emergency Branch, Canine and Mounted Branch Unit took part in a simulation activity as they readied themselves to hit the streets on Carnival which is just days away.
The police commissioner warned that officers were prepared to deal with any situation however assured no brute force would be used against the public.
“Members of the public who may have an intention to destabilise the country and break the law, what you see here is not intimidation, not a show of force. It is the minimum use of force what we show is if a large amount of people trying to break the law through the drills, this is just standard operational procedure,” said Griffith.