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Crime tipsters want
Out of an average of 100 calls received by Crime
Stoppers T&T monthly, only five result in arrests.
Also, the majority of tipsters do not collect their
So said the organisation s vice-chairman Dennis
Gordon, who was fielding questions from members
of the media at the launch of the 37th annual Crime
Stoppers International Conference at the Hilton
Trinidad, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Saying that the quality and nature of the calls
vary, Gordon added: "Some become actionable and
others are not actionable but we need to make sure
people continue to call."
He said while he could not disclose the details
of the tips received, some resulted in the solving
of some "significant cases." Asked if people may
not want to call Crime Stoppers because of fear or
lack of confidence as in the case of the Police
Service, Gordon said the issue of confidence was
"But we have to work continuously to improve.
We have had a lot of successes in terms of the
community. Notwithstanding the fact that we offer
rewards, most people who call in don t come for
their rewards," Gordon added. He said that in itself
was significant as it signalled that people were more
interested in having safer communities than col-
"The way we hope to continue to improve con-
fidence is to ensure the information gets to the
places it needs to get to in an efficient manner and
in an anonymous fashion so that at the end of the
day the crime is solved and the community
improved," Gordon said.
President of Crime Stoppers International, Alexan-
der MacDonald, said 70 per cent of the information
passed on from the communities to the organisation
was often not shared with the police by witnesses.
He said throughout the world people were becoming
more concerned about to whom they spoke.
"Crime is changing... our core function used to
be drugs and murder, now we are moving into the
area of illicit trade, human trafficking and envi-
ronmental crime because these are the areas that
are less policed and are becoming more relevant to
the criminal," MacDonald said.
He said certain programmes, such as those in
Europe, offered no rewards. Chairman of Crime
Stoppers John Aboud said while a subvention was
given from the Government to pay tipsters, he
encouraged the private sector to continue to assist.
"The challenge is to continue the growing of the
private sector contributions so that we become less
and less dependent on Government assistance,"
• To provide an anonymous tip about a
crime citizens can call 800-TIPS.
• Rewards are offered in some cases for
information with leads to the successful
prosecution of an offender.
Eastman will have to
stand trial before a
judge and jury on 13
charges of human traf-
ficking involving three
As the State closed its
case yesterday, Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark
Eastman to stand trial
in the San Fernando
High Court and granted
him new bail of
$250,000 or a cash
alternative of $120,000.
Conceding that a
prima facie case had
been made out against
his client, attorney
Kevin Ratiram did not
make a no-case submis-
asked for a reduction in
bail and a cash alterna-
tive of $30,000, which
he said was affordable
to his client.
Given the number of
Wellington said the cash
bail requested was too
Eastman, 55, was the
first person in T&T to
be charged under the
Trafficking in Persons
Act of 2011.
The officer, of Princes
Town, who was last
assigned to the Mon
Repos Police Station and
has 25 years service, was
initially released on
$350,000 bail after
Cop to stand trial on 13
charges of human trafficking
The charges included
women to Vistabella for
the purpose of exploit-
ing them for prostitu-
tion and receiving the
women into the coun-
try or transporting or
harbouring them for
the purpose of
The charges, laid by
PC Ramlogan of the
ing Unit, allegedly took
place between March 3
and March 24, 2013.
Each time the matter
was heard in the San
Fernando First Court it
was held in camera.
State attorney Sarah
de Silva led evidence
from 16 witnesses dur-
ing the proceedings
which began in Sep-
Two of the victims
who are in the Witness
were brought to court
As Eastman was
escorted from the
courthouse in hand-
cuffs, he used his shirt
to cover his head.
Suspended Police Constable Valentine Eastman at a
mall on High Street, San Fernando, before appearing
in court yesterday.
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