Thursday 21 September, 2017

Increased gun seizures, reduced murders in Northern Division

Northern Division Acting Senior Superintendent Michael Daniel.

Northern Division Acting Senior Superintendent Michael Daniel.

The Northern Division is boasting of a decrease in murders in the Division for the year to date and an increase in the amount of firearms seized. However, the Division has fallen short of the 30% crime detection rate which according to the TTPS, is in keeping with international standards. The Northern Division, however, has a crime detection rate of 21%.

Acting Senior Superintendent Michael Daniel revealed the statistics while speaking at the Police Service’s weekly media conference on Wednesday.

“From January 1st to September 13th, 2017, the Northern Division has seized 123 Firearms of assorted make and types, compared to 83 for the same period in 2016, representing a 48% increase. For the same period, 70 murders were committed, 14 less for the same period in 2016, which represents a 17% decrease. Of the murders committed, 15 were solved, which represents a 21% detection rate.”

The Acting Senior Superintendent further noted that 10 stolen vehicles were retrieved over a 10 day period by the Special Investigative Unit.

He said the vehicles were identified from crimes committed.

“These vehicles were all seized within the Northern Division and were identified from crimes committed within the Central, Southern, Western and Northern Divisions. Six persons were arrested, all males, and charges will be laid against them soon.”

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Daniel acknowledged that the Division is utilizing anti-crime initiatives to reduce the amount of criminal activity.

He said in order to ensure that the interaction with the community is continuing into 2017, the Division continues to hold Town Meetings with the next to be held at the Pinto Community Center, at 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, September 20.

He also noted that a programme, spearheaded by the Victim and Witness Support Programme and the Community Policing Secretariat, will be launched across the entire division in October, in the interest of victims of violent crimes and the community at large. He said the communities will be further notified of the launch dates and visits by the unit.

Senior Superintendent Daniel also noted that the Power to Change Programme, which was initiated in collaboration with the various schools operating within the Division, will reconvene, as the school term has reopened and will continue in other schools in the division.