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The Law Association has condemned the
action of the police in arresting over 100 east
Port-of-Spain residents and releasing almost
all of them without charge.
In a press release yesterday, the association s
president, Seenath Jairam, SC, advised the police
to act within legal parameters in the execution
of their duties in future.
He said: "We remind the police that this coun-
try is governed by the rule of law and it has been
long established that the police have no right of
detention or arrest unless they have reasonable
suspicion of someone having committed an
offence or an offence is being committed in the
presence of the police."
While acknowledging that the police have an
"extremely difficult job," he said they should act
with restraint and equanimity.
"Suspected offenders must be dealt with in
accordance with the law and the police must be
beyond reproach," Jairam said.
Following a resurgence of gang violence in east
Port-of-Spain, which saw six people being mur-
dered within 24 hours last week Wednesday,
police conducted several raids in the area over
Just over 100 people were arrested but only
a handful were charged with drug possession
while the remaining detainees were kept for ques-
tioning before they were eventually released earlier
Speaking at the weekly police press briefing
on Wednesday, acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams and other executive members
confirmed that some of the detainees were held
as part of investigations under the Anti-Gang
However, they said although most of the
detainees were released they might be re-arrested
in the future once sufficient evidence to charge
them under the legislation was gathered.
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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, right, leads a team of Opposition members in talks on crime with Prime Mnister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, left and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar at the Office of the Prime Minister, St
Clair, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The striking photos of the Osun Festival on
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Boodoosingh. Our apologies for omitting his
Law body knocks
cops' PoS raids
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From page A1
Some of the initiatives, she said, would
require legislation and some would not.
Immediate approval, she said, was given
for acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to form a Rapid Response Unit and
to buy 300 new vehicles for the service. The
vehicles should be available sometime next
The unit, she added, would consist of
response teams, "which will be equipped
with advanced technological devices to
improve police response time."
Persad-Bissessar said police also would
be on patrol throughout the length and
breath of the country but would focus on
the country s most crime-prone areas.
She said to staff the unit and to assist
with increasing manpower in the TTPS, a
specialised training programme for Special
Reserve police officers was initiated last June.
The first batch of officers from the pro-
gramme are expected to graduate next
She said a CCTV expansion project, started
in November 2012, was expected to continue.
Persad-Bissessar said 873 cameras were
installed in areas, such as Beetham, Laventille
Proposals, she said, were being sent for
Central, South and Western areas. A note,
she added, was before Cabinet for amend-
ments to the Customs Act and VAT Act to
remove duties and taxes on the private pur-
chase of the cameras, which, she said, was
being pursued assiduously.
She added a Citizen s Security Programme,
which fell under the Ministry of National
Security and was sponsored by the IADB,
had been operating in 22 identified com-
She said statistics showed there were
marked decreases in serious crime and sexual
offences where the programme operated.
Cabinet approval, she said, had been given
to extend the programme in communities
in east Port-of-Spain.
Social initiatives, she said, were intended
to bring a long-term resolution to the issues
of crime in communities.
She added: "With respect to east Port-
of-Spain, in particular, over the past weeks
we have witnessed several brutal murders
of young people.
"These crimes brought responses of anger,
shock and indeed of great sadness. Many
measures have been considered in response
to this upsurge in violence.
"However, I wish to assure the nation the
actions of my Government are not merely
reactive to the current violence, nor are they
confined to only one geographic area.
"We seek long-term visions and strategies
for the transformation of east Port-of-Spain,
as indeed several other areas and commu-
nities throughout T&T."
She said the Government had mandated
the East Port-of-Spain Development Com-
pany to develop and re-develop the area and
to improve economic, social and physical
conditions of the community.
She said projects, valued at over $25 mil-
lion, have been started in areas such as Mor-
vant, upper Belmont, Sea Lots and John John
among others and several people have been
employed under them.
Persad-Bissessar said from her discussions
with the residents of east Port-of-Spain and
others, the communities wanted to be self-
sufficient and proposals have been put for-
ward, including housing and sustained
employment programmes, community train-
ing programmes for school dropouts and
She said Ministry of Tertiary Education
and Skills Training had proposed the opening
of after school, part-time YTEPP classes at
South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School,
expansion of courses at the Success Laventille
NESC/MIC Technology Centre and hosting
of a job fair in the area.
Special needs education programme were
also considered and support for single parents
was planned, she added.
She said the Government would ensure
the programmes were continuous and utilised
skills from within the community.
She called on faith-based organisations,
religious leaders and others to work with
the Government so that safe and secure
communities and a country free from fear
could be created.
Persad-Bissessar hoped both the Govern-
ment and Opposition had committed to get-
ting it done as expeditiously as possible and
to a collaborative approach on the aspects
of legislation needed.
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