Young vows major crackdown on criminals

In the com­ing days, law en­force­ment agen­cies will launch a new in­tel­li­gence-dri­ven op­er­a­tion aimed at tak­ing down crim­i­nal el­e­ments and pro­vide safe­ty to law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at his Port-of-Spain of­fice, as he warned cit­i­zens that such a "push back" against crim­i­nals will re­sult in in­con­ve­nience for cit­i­zens in cer­tain ar­eas across the coun­try.

His com­ment came af­ter a rash of shoot­ing and mur­ders in the Port-of-Spain dis­trict, in­clud­ing Sea Lots and Laven­tille and resur­gence of killings among Ras­ta City and Mus­lim gangs.

Young met with heads of se­cu­ri­ty from var­i­ous agen­cies on Wednes­day where they dis­cussed the util­i­sa­tion of all the State's re­sources to beat the crim­i­nals in­to sub­mis­sion.

"I want to as­sure the pub­lic that we are not sit­ting idly by. In­tel­li­gence has been gath­ered for a num­ber of months for the prepa­ra­tion of cer­tain op­er­a­tions. When these op­er­a­tions are launched there is go­ing to be a lev­el of in­con­ve­nience un­for­tu­nate­ly to the law-abid­ing cit­i­zens in par­tic­u­lar ar­eas."

Such in­con­ve­nience, Young said would not in­volve a lim­it­ed state of emer­gency in crime hot spot ar­eas but will see "in­creased in­tel­li­gence-dri­ven op­er­a­tions".

A tough-talk­ing Young said he was not afraid of any­one nor would he be in­tim­i­dat­ed in rolling out this op­er­a­tion.

He said, un­for­tu­nate­ly, a small group of crim­i­nals have been de­ter­mined to con­duct il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, point­ing out that in the last few days there has been an in­crease in crime and mur­ders which the Gov­ern­ment has ex­pressed con­cern about.

- by Shaliza Hassanali.

Photo caption: Police officers during a routine roadblock exercise in the Valencia district last year. - Ralph Banwarie

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