Griffith rubbishes PM’s health crime emergency

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Griffith rubbishes PM’s health crime emergency

Former commissioner of police Gary Griffith has described Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s announcement of a national health emergency on crime as holding no substance.

Rowley made the statement at a news conference on Monday in response to rising crime in this country.

But amid a lack of clear details on how it is expected to be rolled out, Griffith accused the Prime Minister of using public health regulations to try to affect the freedom of movement by citizens

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At his news conference, Rowley said the Public Health Emergency effort will be led by the permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Social Development and Health.

He said it will also involve the Office of the Prime Minister, Police Service, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Ministries of National Security, Sport and Education.

But Griffith said while this secondary crime prevention approach is important, it takes several years to get results. He said what is needed immediately in this situation is primary crime prevention.

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