TTPS Reports 15 Percent Drop In Serious Crimes

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TTPS Reports 15 Percent Drop In Serious Crimes

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is reporting a fifteen percent reduction in violent crime.

This is for the period January to July this year.

The update comes from the Commissioner of Police, Erla Harewood Christopher at the 33rd Public Meeting of the Joint Select Committee on National Security on Monday.

The meeting focused on the Violent Crime Reduction Plan.

A breakdown of the figures on this matter was provided for the first seven months of the year compared to 2023.

An update was also provided relating to the detection rate.

Leadership challenges were also cited as one of the issues which hampered the crime reduction targets but added the aim is to meet and surpass the goals which were set by the Police Service Commission.

DCP Operations, Junior Benjamin, explained a plan is being devised to address divisions which have been impacted by violent crime such as murder.

Focus will also be placed on building trust and confidence in communities with the police.

He was at the time responding to concerns raised by Chairman of the JSC, Keith Scotland, in terms of data available and operations in effect.

In response, Benjamin, indicated a plan of action to treat with this development is in place.

DCP Suzette Martin told the JSC emphasis is being placed on reducing the impact of criminal gangs and their activities.

Martin said emphasis on ensuring accountability and dismantling gangs continue.