Minister Young encourages continued inter-agency collaboration to fight crime

Port of Spain: Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. is encouraging all National Security Agencies to continue working steadfastly together using an inter-agency approach, as it is only through an ethos of collaboration and cooperation that this country can win its ongoing war against the criminal elements.

Minister Young made this remark as he delivered the feature address at a graduation ceremony for twenty-seven (27) officers of the Defence and Protective Services who completed a training programme in Crime Scene Investigation, Law Enforcement Control Tactics and Surveillance Operations. The event took place on November 28, 2019 at the National Security Training Academy (NSTA), Camp Cumuto, Wallerfield.

The training programme is geared towards strengthening defence and law enforcement efforts at ensuring national security and public safety. The Programme is intended to significantly improve the personal, functional and organizational capability to investigate and prevent crime, with specific focus on the commission of serious offences.

The Minister said officers have a critical role to play in keeping the nation safe via their specialized training. He stated: “You the graduates from this training programme now carry an immense responsibility on your shoulders as you go out to work in your respective areas, and that is to execute the mandate of a multi-agency approach to crime fighting. This multiagency approach is in my estimation the only way that this country can withstand and pushback against the criminal elements that seek to bring harm and commit crime against our law abiding citizens.”

Graduates were reminded by the National Security Minister that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have placed their trust and hope in this country’s Defence and Protective Services to create a safe environment for all.

As such, citizens are expecting the best service from them at all times. He stated “Each and every one of you graduates now has a responsibility of the call to service and duty, to give of your best and to also become mentors and trainers in your own right to your colleagues in the field, as you go about your daily duties to make Trinidad and Tobago a safer and more secure place.”

Minister Young took the opportunity to thank all the men and women of this country’s National Security Agencies for their continued dedication to duty and their selfless service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

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