Kamla: Government will shut down the TTPS
Opposition Leader, Kamla Perad Bissessar says she believes the government intends to shut down the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
During her budget debate rebuttal this morning, Persad Bissessar mused that due to dwindling allocations over the last few years, the TTPS will soon collapse.
“What government has done in this 2021 budget is really to foreshadow police shutdown. The shutdown of the TTPS in Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.
Their allocation, according to the Opposition Leader has gone from $515 million in fiscal 2020 to $334 million for fiscal 2021.
Persad Bissessar says the allocation reductions have impacted services like patrol vehicle maintenance, vehicle purchases and other needs.
More than the drop in allocation, Persad Bissessar also alleges that the government hasn’t been distributing the money to them either.
“The TTPS only received releases of around $400 million so there was a shortfall of $100 million in the 2020 allocation,” she said.
Persad Bissessar added that her government attempted to support the police service where this administration did not. Praising the TTPS today, she lamented their lack of resources.
“Today I want to salute the police officers of Trinidad and Tobago for the job that they have been doing. They are working under very trying circumstances. They are being under-resourced by this government,” she said.
She blasted the government for what she sees as a lack of initiative in properly securing Trinidad and Tobago’s borders.