Budget 2018: $6.4 billion for National Security Ministry
The National Security Ministry, which in previous years received the lion’s share of the Trinidad and Tobago budget, this year received $6.4 billion dollars. This represents the second largest share of the pie as it directly follows the Education Ministry which has received $7.29 billion dollars.
In the 2016-2017 budget, the National Security Ministry received a $7.625 billion dollar allocation while in the 2015-2016 budget, the Ministry received $10.8 billion dollars.
Finance Minister Colm said addressing crime and criminality continues to be "the number one priority of the Government". He said as such, greater effort will be placed on crime reduction. While he did not go into details, the Minister said the Government will partner with the relevant stakeholders to combat criminality.
Noting that Security personnel face the challenge of identifying persons responsible for committing crimes, the Minister said the creation of an anti-crime programme seeks to address the problem.
“We propose therefore to launch a key initiative, the National Crime Prevention Programme (NCPP). This programme will constitute a holistic approach to crime fighting. It will impact crime prevention through community empowerment which is a key factor to returning safety and security to the national community. It will employ resources in law enforcement, government ministries and communities across Trinidad and Tobago and it is clear Madame Speaker that any approach to deal with crime and violence must include the broad spectrum of prediction, deterrence, detection, prosecution and rehabilitation.”