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"If you don t provide your wife with
money, that is a form of domestic vio-
lence," says acting Commissioner of Police
Speaking at an event hosted by the Police
Service in Chaguanas to raise awareness
about domestic violence, Williams said
financial abuse was a form of domestic
"Domestic violence is committed by
human beings. It may be domestic violence
by children against parents, might be
domestic violence by men against women,
might be domestic violence by women
against men. We do in fact know that the
statistics have shown that men are the ones
who are the greatest offenders in the realms
of domestic violence," he said.
Williams said the Police Service has a
zero-tolerance policy when it comes to
domestic violence and emphasised that
domestic violence was not only physical
abuse but can also show its face in social
situations and verbal confrontations.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Anne
Marie Daly-Alleyne said 27 people have lost
their lives in 2014 through acts of domestic
violence. She said police statistics have
shown that domestic violence had taken
on a different phenomena with an increasing
number of men being abused.
She said all police officers would be
retrained into all areas of domestic violence
especially in areas of the legal framework
Yesterday's march against domestic vio-
lence got off to a late start. The event was
carded to begin at 6 am. But it was shortly
before 8 am when hundreds of participants
left the starting point at Chaguanas Borough
Corporation, Cumberbatch Street.
Clad mostly in red clothing, the pro-
cession headed east along the Chaguanas
Main Road, then north along Caroni
Savannah Road, before heading back to
the borough corporation, ending before
rain began falling.
Passersby said they mistook the event
for a political gathering. The Opposition
People's National Movement predominant
colour is red.
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan, who
also spoke at the event, called for an end
to domestic violence and bullying in schools.
Boodhan said burgesses must be vigilant
and keep an eye out for their neighbours,
friends and relatives to avoid further
tragedies arising out of domestic violence.
CHARLES KONG SOO
Buoyed by the success of new anti-crime
measures, acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams has set new targets for
his organisation with an aim to reduce the
number of serious criminal offences to
11,000 for the year.
That is 50 per cent fewer than recorded
six years ago.
Williams was speaking at 50th anniversary
celebrations of the Retired Police Officers
Association at the First Division Officers
Mess, Police Administration Building, Port-
of-Spain, on Saturday.
He says the country was enjoying a "fan-
tastic reduction" in serious crimes.
"When you look at the numbers, I am
extremely proud of the T&T Police Service.
"Using the basic principle that the presence
of police can act as a major deterrent to crime,
what we have seen flowing from that is for
2013 and 2014 there was a fantastic drop in
serious crimes in T&T.
"From 1985 there were 13,979 serious
crimes recorded and a continuous increase
to an all-time high in 2009, the numbers
crashed, 22,162 was the total for 2009, 13,146
in 2013 and down to 12,055 in 2014.
"We're running at 17 per cent reduction
over last year's figure which means that if
we continue at the rate we're going we should
take it down anywhere to 11,000."
He said this did not happen by accident
but by an entire change in the approach to
In January, Williams had also set a target
for his officers to recover 800 illegal firearms
from the streets saying it was the number
one weapon of choice in homicides.
Williams said he had a very open-door
policy in relation to receiving suggestions and
recommendations from the general public.
He made a call to the batch of 1965 officers
to make themselves available to him as their
accumulated years of experience and expertise
can improve the organisation in moving the
police service forward.
He said the A,B,C and D squads of 1965
had tremendous available resources, a wealth
of experience and expertise that should not
go to waste as the T&T Police Service sought
to make T&T a model society.
Williams said members of the Police Service
had set themselves a vision to make every
place in T&T safe.
He said it was a tall order, some people
felt that it was utopian, but society was
demanding an environment that was safe
Williams said that the Police Service cannot
say the height had been set to make every
place in T&T safe was too high, police officers
just had to work towards that on a daily basis.
Also present at the ceremony were Assistant
Commissioner of Police Christopher Lewis
and former commissioner of police Everald
Police presence a major deterrent
Fantastic drop in serious crimes---CoP
centre, tries his
hand at playing
of the Las
Police Service hosts awareness march in Chaguanas
Zero tolerance on
Former Fifa vice president, Jack Warner, yes-
terday released a video condemning the actions
of Fifa for allowing the US to host the 2015 Summer
However, Warner's source of information came
from the international satirical website The Onion.
The video, which was released yesterday on his
official Facebook page through his online channel
Warner TV, began with him thanking his supporters
for standing by him. However, five minutes into the
eight-minute video Warner picked up a printed
article from the Onion and began to condemn the
US for their "double standards."
"I look to see that Fifa has frantically announced
the 2015---2015 this year, Olympic final in the World
Cup beginning May 27. If the Fifa is so bad, why
is it that the USA wants to keep the Fifa World Cup?
Why is it that they began games on May 27---two
days before Fifa election. The video was subsequently
taken down but not before it was picked up by
several international news agencies.
Th Onion article was published on May 27 and
stated, "Zurich---After the Justice Department indict-
ed numerous executives from world soccer's gov-
erning body on charges of corruption and bribery,
frantic and visibly nervous officials from Fifa held
an impromptu press conference Wednesday to
announce that the United States has been selected
to host this summer's 2015 World Cup."
Questioning why the US would start the "Summer
World Cup" games two days before the Fifa pres-
idential elections, Warner said, "Why is it that they
began games on May 27---two days before Fifa elec-
tion. Why is it that the US authorities sought to
embarass Fifa in Zurich? Something has to be
Warner said the US may have been offended by
the snub because Qatar is a small, Arabic, Muslim
Touching on accusation made about him stealing
money from Australia, Warner defended himself
stating that the money he received from Australia
was a gift to help repair the Centre of Excellence.
"Australia promised to assist in helping to develop
and assist in fixing the Centre of Excellence. There
were no strings attached to that. So I said fine, go
ahead. They were helping to develop the Centre of
Excellence and I said fine," Warner said.
Warner, 72, was arrested on Wednesday on a pro-
visional warrant on charges of racketeering, money
laundering and wire fraud related to his tenure at
Fifa. He is currently out in $2.5m bail. Thirteen
other people, linked to international football, have
also been charged in the US indictment.
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