A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister has stated that the troubling murder rate, Carnival and Anti-Gang Legislation is on the National Security Agenda.

The release revealed that the National Security Council under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met for four and a half hours on Wednesday from 3 pm to 7:30 pm.

Present at the meeting were the Acting Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and a number of Divisional Commanders of the TTPS, the Chief of Defence Staff, Director SSA and the Commissioner of Prisons.

The discussions mainly focused on the troubling number of murders for 2018 with the total number of persons killed in Trinidad for the year so far at 49 and one person killed in Tobago.

Firearm related crimes, gang activity and the preparations for Carnival 2018 were also discussed.

The TTPS reiterated to the members of the meeting their desire for Anti-Gang Legislation to be passed in order to assist in their fight against criminal, gang-related activities and gave examples of the use of the previous legislation and its effects on their effort to fight gang-related crime.

The use of illegal firearms in serious crimes and murders was discussed along with the efforts that were being made to reduce the numbers of illegal firearms.

Focus and attention was given to the presentation made with respect to the plans for Carnival and the collaborative approach being adopted to ensure a safe Carnival throughout Trinidad and Tobago.