Minister of National Security, the Honourable Jack Warner. Photo courtesy power102fm.com
July 17, 2012:
Within the next few months there will be crime fighting technology to detect when and where a shot is fired and a squad car deployed within seconds of it being fired.
Minister of National Security, Jack Warner made the announcement as he opened the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force's annual training camp, Camp Costelloe, at Carapichaima East Secondary.
"The technology is coming which will be able to identify where the shot went off, when and the house the shot came from."
The National Security Minister said the equipment would be in Trinidad and Tobago within three or four months and he will call a meeting of the top Ministers on the 28 July at 2 pm to discuss it and to answer questions.
Warner said the technology is foreign and he would not disclose the name of the company nor the technology.
Warner said he had learned on Tuesday that 66 percent of the gunshots fired in this country occur in Laventille while 68 percent of the murders occur there. He added that in Diego Martin 8 percent of gunshots were fired while the Diego Martin and Caranage areas saw 16 percent of the murders.
Warner said his crime plan would be completed and ready for unveiling in the next couple weeks.
"In the next couple weeks I will come to you and the nation and tell you what we are doing and why. At the end of the day there is only one winner me and by extension the people of this country. I send a message to them (criminals) where ever they are, they shall not succeed."
However, the Minister did reveal that part of the crime plan involved the posting of Community Police Support Service officers in every community throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Warner explained that this group of officers would be established to supplement the existing cadre of police officers. The Minister said these officers would have the same powers as regular police.