Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Assistant Police Commissioner sends stern warning to gangsters, gunmen

A senior police officer is issuing a warning to criminal elements as 2018 has had a bloody start with over 20 murders so far.

Assitant Commissioner of Police Radcliffe Boxhill warned perpetrators of crime that they will face the full brunt of the law as the police service intends to ramp up its anti-crime exercises in the eastern division.

He made the comment following the brutal murder of schoolboy Joshua Andrews and taxidriver Devon Hernandez who were killed on Monday.

Their deaths had an immediate reaction with a large contingent of army and police officers embarking on an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille area the following day.

ACP Boxhill said this is not the last of such an exercise as criminals will now be hunted down.

"We recognize that the first few days of the year has not been good. We have had quite a bit of violent incidents throughout the country. It is our intention to turn it back. We are going to be relentless in our efforts to pursue criminal elements who are bent on perpetuating violence against the communities that they live in. This exercise is not going to be a one-off thing and we can assure that there will be no resting place for criminals and violence. Gunmen, gangsters, we are going to be coming at you relentlessly until this thing turns around."

The operation was carried out in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday which resulted in the arrest of four persons wanted in connection with recent shootings and woundings and on outstanding warrants.

The exercise, under ACP Boxhill, was executed in the Besson Street Police District and targeted the Laventille area, including Boxhill Trace and Wharton Street. 

During the exercise officers also carried out general searches for arms and ammunition and other illegal items.

Units involved in the operation: Port of Spain Criminal Investigation Department; Guard and Emergency Branch; Inter-Agency Task Force; North Eastern Division Task Force; Canine Unit; and the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit.

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