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JENSEN LA VENDE
Political unity, increased manpower,
intelligence gathering and a more trust-
ing witness protection programme are
some of the things, if given to the
Homicide Bureau, may improve the
To date 328 people have been mur-
dered with arrests in 52 of them. Speak-
ing on i95FM on Wednesday Prime Min-
ister Dr Keith Rowley said the police
had a ten per cent detection rate.
Rowley said the ten per cent murder
detection rate was unacceptable, adding
the People s National Movement will
do all in its power to give the service all
the tools it needs to address crime.
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Senior Supt Oswald
Cudjoe, operational head of the Homi-
cide Bureau, said human resources were
major components in increasing the
"We need to get back our resources,
namely human resource. Homicides are
taking place rapidly and we need a central
location where all data pertaining to
homicides will be collected and
analysed," Cudjoe said.
The senior officer, who spent time
working in various intelligence-gathering
units of the Police Service said there
also needed to be a fusion centre
between the Homicide Bureau and two
other units, the Organised Crime, Nar-
cotics and Firearms Bureau and the
Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit.
Those two units, he said, oversaw the
three main factors that contributed to
murders, gangs, drugs and guns.
Cudjoe said the fusion centre would
relay vital information among the units
while investigators sought to solve the
"The intelligence unit will guide the
cause of the homicide, getting infor-
mation is not sufficient. Accurate and
timely information is needed along with
a more robust intelligence unit and a
fusion centre," Cudjoe said, adding the
executive of the Police Service has a
draft strategic plan and operational plan
that is being looked at to facilitate the
Cudjoe said apart from that, police
officers should be allowed to do police
work while many of the social aspects
recently adopted went back to social
groups, such as churches.
He said in many cases police officers
were being made to do so much more
than policing that they were unable to
be police officers effectively.
He added that in years past the Homi-
cide Bureau was a small unit with homi-
cide officers attached to the nine divi-
sions and dealing with murders within
their own division.
He said: "We need to concentrate on
our core functions as well, no one is
judging us on community work, they
are judging us on crime, and the barom-
eter is murders. There needs to be a
broad based intelligence apparatus, a
justice protection unit and fusion centre,"
Cudjoe added that other units of the
Police Service could play a vital role as
well, highlighting the Traffic Branch as
the guns used to kill were not transported
via helicopters of flying saucers but on
the roadways. He called for a better and
more effective way of car searches.
"There is too much politics playing
in the country. It is only when people
get serious that things will change. If
people come together, it could change.
This thing is not beyond us," he said.
During the interview on Wednesday
Rowley said the Government was aiming
to put security services in a position to
prevent or detect crime and prevention
would include getting firearms off the
streets and preventing trade in illegal
Information gathering to identify the
criminals would be an important part
of the process, he said.
He added, however, that the police
were being hampered by a lack of moti-
vation within its ranks and the failure
of the public to co-operate with their
One measure to decrease the crime
and specifically the murder rate was the
idea of local constabularies in the regional
corporations, Rowley said, adding this
will incur an increased cost at running
the country but "crime also had a cost."
Lawman on low murder
Let cops do
Communications Minister Maxie
Cuffie says no worker was fired
from the Office of the Prime Min-
ister in Tobago.
He was responding to media
reports on Wednesday and yesterday
which claimed the services of 80
workers were terminated.
Speaking during yesterday s post-
Cabinet press briefing, Cuffie said
the workers were hired on a short-
term basis from June to September
during the election period.
"It was well known that the con-
tracts would end in September. So
nobody was fired, nobody was
retrenched. It is simply that the short-
term contracts had ended," he added.
Asked if the workers could expect
to be rehired, Cuffie said: "They were
hired for three months and I don t
think the expectation will be that
they will get fresh contracts."
He said they were hired because
"it was an election period, it was a
political act," adding that those jobs
usually fall under the THA.
"During the past five years the
THA had questioned the establish-
ment of a Tobago Development Min-
ister by the former PP Government.
Under the new Government that
ministry was disbanded.
Cuffie was also asked if he may
have influenced the termination of
a press conference hosted by attorney
and Opposition Senator Wayne Sturge
about the issuance of an election
petition to Attorney General Faris Al-
Rawi, which was being broadcast on
state owned CNMG on Monday
Cuffie began his response by saying
no one asked him about the broadcast
of the Prime Minister s swearing-in
ceremony three weeks ago on the
"There were two post-Cabinet
press conferences after that and
nobody asked why was the Prime
Minister s (swearing-in) pulled on
Dealing with Monday s broadcast,
Cuffie said: "I called no one at CNMG
and I am the Minister responsible at
(for) CNMG and I am part of a dis-
ciplined Cabinet. Nobody would call
CNMG without calling me."
Cuffie: No sackings from Tobago OPM
Body found floating in
Ste Madeleine pond
Southern Division police are
asking for the public s assistance
to identify a body found floating
in the Usine Ste Madeleine pond
The body was that of an East
Indian woman, believed to be in
her late 40s to early 50s, was seen
floating facedown in the pond
shortly before 7 am by OAS Con-
The workers had gone to refill
a water tank when they saw the
body about eight feet away from
Ste Madeline police were alerted
and a team of officers, including
Supt Zamsheed Mohammed,
Inspector Don Gajadhar from San
Fernando CID and Sgt Shawn
Dhilpaul from Homicide Region
Gajadhar told the T&T
Guardian the body was clad in a
navy blue T-shirt, black jeans and
black and gold sandals. The
woman had short, black hair and
was also wearing a gold-colored
The woman was described as
slim built with a dark complexion.
Gajadhar said the body bore no
visible marks of violence and there
were no signs of decomposition.
Meanwhile, he is also calling on
members of the public who may
have information on the woman s
identity to come forward or con-
tact the Ste Madeline Police Sta-
tion at 652-3348.
Undertakers at the Usine Ste Madeleine pond where the unidentified body of a woman was discovered by
OAS workers yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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