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Saturday, August 27, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian Praising cops
While 42 is the highest I am still not
satisfied, I want to surpass the last two
years when we had a 50 per cent detection
rate. I want to get at over 50 per cent by
year s end.
One of the basic things is praising staff
for good work and continuing to encourage
them to perform at a high level.
We excel in the total number of arrests
we make each year for all categories of
crime. The officers feel motivated by the
excellent work which we do.
We have been running hotspot patrols
in areas identified as hotspots. These
include Mayaro, Rio Claro, Valencia and
Sangre Grande. These are the four station
districts which are the busiest in the East-
The five other areas which fall under
the division hardly have any crime at all.
These include Toco, Matelot, and Biche
where we get small crimes, including rob-
beries and house break-ins.
This division has the longest stretch
of coastline. The Eastern Division com-
prises one third of the land mass of
Trinidad, from Matelot to Guayaguayare
to Rio Claro. It is a challenge because we
have the widest stretch of sea coast to
manage, Matelot, Toco, Matura, Man-
zanilla, Guayaguayare, the whole eastern
We have implemented coastal patrols,
but on land, because we cannot do marine.
We do daily patrols of the coastline to
stop the entry of illegal arms, ammunition
and drugs in the country. But to make it
effective we need the assistance of other
agencies to assist in managing the coast.
A marine patrol is vital to seal off the
Port-of-Spain was on the radar for the
high incidence of crime but there is now
a 30 per cent decline in murders and a
55 per cent reduction in shootings and
woundings compared to last year. We
have seen a significant decrease in violent
crimes in the area.
When I came into the division I used
the Crime and Problem Analysis branch
of the Police Service to identify the crime
trends and patterns within the division.
We used Prince and Charlotte Streets as
the epicentre, because 67 per cent of the
crimes occur in that radius. We identified
the offenders, we began a clinical way of
doing patrols. We implemented the plan
in March after Carnival and there has
been a tremendous reduction in break-
ins and larceny.
On the periphery the police and
Defence Force are working together to
patrol the area, including George and Nel-
son Streets. Besson Street police also play
a key role. It was done on the basis of
We have patrols by the army and police
(the IAFT) in Laventille, Beetham, Sea
Lots and we revived the foot patrols.
The work done by the IATF, the Port-
of-Spain Task Force and the Defence
Force has helped a lot to reduce crime.
For the year so far, six people have been
charged for murder and two have been
charged with the shooting of a police
officer in Sea Lots. Boombay, a gang leader,
is in prison. It is a combination of things
that has helped with crime reduction in
When the commissioner appointed
me, he said he was putting a criminologist
in charge of the division. At one time this
was the most challenging division. We
work together with the mayor s office
and businesses on Ariapita Avenue as a
team to deal with unlawful activity. It is
a partnership. It is working well.
For serious crimes it is 16 per cent. It
may sound like a little bit but the trend
of detection in Port-of-Spain has been
between ten and 11 per cent. The last
time it reached 15 per cent was ten years
For minor crimes, such as possession
of firearms, ammunition, possession of
cocaine and marijuana and malicious
wounding, the detection rate is 60 per
cent. Our detection is weak when it comes
to night patrols.
To reduce murders by five per cent by
the end of the year. This is the mandate
from the commissioner. If we had 80
murders last year it has to be reduced by
five per cent of that figure by the end of
the year. We are at a 25 per cent reduction
so we are above the requirement.
If the commissioner set a goal of five
per cent, I tell my men we need to reduce
by 15 per cent. We have not reached the
target for recovery of firearms. Last year
it was 48, by now we should be 55, I hope
to improve that.
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