Young: TTPS will stretch limited resources to keep T&T safe
Minister of National Security Stuart Young. Photo courtesy Trinidad and Tobago Parliament.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young has hit back at claims by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that the Government intends to shut down the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
Persad-Bissesar made the allegation in her response to the budget in the House of Representatives on Friday. She said the TTPS' budget allocation has gone from $515 million in fiscal 2020 to $334 million for fiscal 2021
Addressing the Parliament immediately after, Young assured the population that the TTPS will manage despite the reduction in financial resources.
"This cry about the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and National Security getting a reduction in the budget; we understand that we are in difficult financial times and I give the commitment as the Minister that we will work with what we get and we will stretch it and make it work and to the police officers and the police service – continue doing the great job that you are doing because the police service actually got almost the same amount that we got to run the whole rest of the Ministry, the Defence Force, Fire, Prisons, Immigration, the SSA, Lifeguards and General Admin but we will work together and we will get it done and it will not affect our delivery.”
He also noted that those employed by the Ministry are prepared to continue serving the country.
"It is going to be a difficult period but I can stand here assured as the Minister of National Security charged with the responsibility for those services, from my interaction with the men and women in National Security, to tell the population they remain committed in their fight against crime and criminality and we will do what we need to do with the limited resources that we are thankful for as we resolve and continue to do what we can to make Trinidad and Tobago a safer and more secure Trinidad and Tobago."
The Ministry of National Security received an allocation of $5.227 billion in the 2021 budget, $1.217 billion less than the last year.