Tuesday 23 July, 2019

TTPS putting plans in place to stop gang "migration"

Gangs from the Port of Spain and Northern Divisions are said to be migrating and are setting up in several areas of Central and Southern Trinidad, including areas such as Couva and Freeport.

This was revealed by Snr Sup Inraj Balram during a town meeting this week at the office of the Member of Parliament for Caroni East, Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

The meeting, which was held at Dyette Estate, Cunupia, was called following a spike in criminal activity in the community and surrounding environs.

It was attended by several key officers from the Central Division, including Snr Sup Balram and ASP Wayne Mystar, ASP Operations Richard Smith, Inspector Ganga Singh, and Sgt Glen Persad of the Central Division Task Force, among several others.

Balram, in addressing the group, noted that during an interrogation of a “hardened criminal” on Wednesday, the officers were given confirmation of their suspicions – that gangs from several areas were coming into the Southern and Central Divisions.

However, it was noted that the traffic was not just one way and that this movement was partially facilitated by some gangs, who previously operated in these districts, moving out.

These gangs, Balram said, were looking for safe havens, however, he assured all in attendance that DCP Harold Phillip had signed off on various crime plans and strategies which the Central Division would be utilising to combat this crime and criminal migration.

And while he did not go into any details about the strategies, he asked businessmen in attendance to have patience, to work with the police service to reduce crime.

Dr Gopeesingh, in one of his submissions that night, said the crime situation has gotten so bad in his constituency that he is now afraid to walk the streets of Caroni East.

“I am fearful to walk to meet people in this constituency now. I am afraid of walking the streets as I am accustomed to walking the streets with my team. I am afraid of going into the side roads,” Gopeesingh said.

He said that crime was so bad that he was also in fear whenever he was at home in Fairways, Maraval.



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