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CHARLES KONG SOO
In the aftermath of the killing of
three men in Laventille and the attack
on the Besson Street Police Station,
Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams says there has been a
heightened police presence in east
Port-of-Spain since the two inci-
He also said there was no justifi-
cation for a limited state of emer-
The call for a limited state of emer-
gency came from the president of the
T&T Police Service Social and Welfare
Association Insp Anand Ramesar.
Minister of National Security Gary
Griffith said, likewise, that such action
was not necessary at this time as the
various branches of law enforcement
had the situation "completely under
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian
in a telephone interview yesterday,
Williams said he didn't want to use
the word 'quiet' to describe the current
climate in the area.
He added, "There have been no
new incidents, developments, no
protest action, no outbursts. The peo-
ple of Laventille continue to live the
way they're accustomed living.
"There is an increased police pres-
ence, it is almost automatic when
there is a situation where three per-
sons have been gunned down, there
must be a police presence which is
"This is not a normal situation.
We've not had that basically for the
year in Laventille where three persons
have been killed.
Williams claimed that regarding
the levels of violence in Laventille in
2014 "we've seen a consistent pattern
of it being reduced."
He said it was a shocking experi-
ence to note that five people had been
shot and three people had died.
Williams said that was the anomaly
and the police service had heightened
its activities and would maintain a
heightened police presence in Laven-
He said this was all geared towards
ensuring that the police maintained
peace in the community and protected
the safety of all citizens, which was
of utmost importance.
CoP: Heightened police presence, no need for SoE...
'East PoS under control'
The two men who were
wounded in the Laventille
shooting on Thursday
remained warded at the
Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital up to late last night.
(See Pages A6, A7, A8,
Criminologist Dr Randy Seep-
ersad says the country is losing
the battle against the growing
number of gangs in T&T which
has been fuelling the murders.
Stating that gangs and gang war-
fare were present in almost every
country, Seepersad said there was
"no easy fix" to this growing prob-
lem in our country.
"We are powerless to do anything
about it. The operation of gangs
has been fuelling crime and mur-
ders. That is a dangerous situa-
He said Government first needed
to find the organisations and "high
profile people who are respectable
in society" working behind the
Seepersad said 50 per cent of
the murders in T&T were gang
related which was a worrying con-
He said police visibility will only
control the gangs, but not flush
Gunmen with their sophisticated
weaponry have been keeping the
police and members of the T&T
regiment on their toes. Residents
in certain parts of T&T have also
been living in fear as a result.
Three men were executed in
Laventille on Thursday night. Fol-
lowing the killings, the Besson
Street Police Station came under
a brazen attack by gunmen. Secu-
rity was further heightened in the
east Port-of-Spain area.
Witnesses to the killings and res-
idents of Desperlie Crescent were
fearful of reprisals as they believed
that the gunmen were members of
the T&T Regiment.
Seepersad, who spoke to the
Sunday Guardian last week said,
"If you knock out the gangs, the
murder rate will drop by half. It
seems as though the logical solution
might be to bring in those heavy
guns and armoured vehicles."
He, however, does not support
the purchase of armoured vehicles.
He said, "It is not necessary. I
would have put that money behind
Seepersad said a major dimen-
sion to the problem was the youth,
many of whom lived in depressed
soldiers on their toes'
Continues on Page A6
Principal of UWI St Augustine, Prof Clement Sankat tries his hand on the chinese drum during members of the
Chinese Arts & Culture Studies Society's performance at the opening ceremony for UWI St Augustine Confucius
Institute on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain, yesterday. Looking on is Lan Heping, Charge d'Affairs Chinese
Embassy, Trinidad. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS (See Page A19)
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