Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Young tight-lipped on national security strategies

National Security Minister Stuart Young has pledged his full commitment to the post he now holds.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet briefing held at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s on Thursday, the Minister said he is in the process of getting acquainted with the additional portfolio.

In addition to his new duties as National Security Minister, Young is also Minister of Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Regarding his plans for the Ministry, Young said he was being measured in what his short-term and immediate goals for the Ministry are as he is currently engaged in meeting with the various heads within the National Security arm and assessing “what currently exists”.

He expects a report on Friday from the security heads giving him a proper view of the national security landscape.

While the Minister would not speak directly to what specific national security measures would be implemented under his tenure, he noted that Government has approved some US$7.5M to get security radars updated with latest technology to aid in crime detection, particularly where guns are concerned.

Young also revealed that he intends to hold a press conference to address proposed crime fighting plans once he has completed meetings with the various security heads. He indicated that he would not make any pronouncements before that as it would be premature.

Commenting on a quadruple shooting in D’Abadie overnight and the theft of a vehicle belonging to television news anchor Khamal Georges, Young said it was unfortunate when people are affected by crime. 

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He said he reached out to Georges and commiserated with him.

“I immediately instructed the heads of our national security apparatus to do whatever it is they could using technology or otherwise to bring some sort of end to this situation. There is nothing pretty about crime."

The Minister also issued a call to members of the Police Service, urging them to work alongside the Government and the new Police Commissioner to ensure the safety and security of all.

“As the Minister of National Security I would like to call on all police officers in Trinidad and Tobago to put their best foot forward and to work with the new Commissioner of Police as well as the Government, as we attempt to take on this scourge of crime and return Trinidad and Tobago to a safe place once again.”


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