The crime detection rate for murders in the past eight months has declined significantly according to Supt Zamsheed Mohammed of the Homicide Bureau.
He stated that police were having a difficult time finding murderers.
The detection rate was 17.8 percent between August 2014 and March 2015, but for the same months in late 2015 up to last month, the figure was a low 8.6 percent
Supt Mohammed was speaking to reporters yesterday during the weekly media briefing at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) headquarters on the corner of Edward and Sackville Streets, Port-of-Spain.
He said that the detection rate was too low and with the continuous upsurge in homicides it posed challenges to the officers to the Homicide Bureau.
There have been 130 murders in the past three months alone, compared to 101 for the same period last year.
Investigators are however currently reviewing “25 files” (cases) out of 95 from between last August to the present, which have “solvable factors”, Mohammed said, in an effort to find sufficient evidence to lead to arrests.
He also articulated that the Homicide Bureau had embarked on an exercise to crack even older murder cases, committed at least three years ago and even as far back as ten years, by setting up a Cold Case Unit. (Cold case units are part of the policing structure in foreign jurisdictions such as the United States.)