Minister of National Security, retired Major General Edmund Dillon, said that there has been no increase in murders in the beginning of the New Year.
This was the Minister’s response when questioned by the leader of the opposition, Kamla Persad Bissessar on the crime rate in the country, during parliament yesterday. Dillon said that in 2016 there have been 17 murders in 10 days, however, he said that most of the murders have been gang related.
Dillon added that new measures will be adopted to combat gang related murders which include intelligence led operations targeting known drug and gang leaders through cordon and search operations.
The Minister said that security forces have intensified patrols on coastal areas and are also looking at co-opting the National Oerations Centre Special Services Agency (NOCSA) “to look at intelligence gathering to eal with the drug and gang related offences”