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National Security Minister says Life Sport responsible for crime fighting challenges today

National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon

Financial fallout in the Life Sport Programme is being highlighted by National Security Minister Edmund Dillon as the reason for challenges faced in tackling crime.

The initiative was launched by the former coalition administration in June 2012.

However, allegations were raised of misuse of resources and wrong doing.

Following these concern the programme was transferred to the Ministry of National Security.

The Ministry of Finance and the Economy, through its Central Audit Committee, was also instructed to conduct a full audit.

It revealed a number of discrepancies including procurement breaches; a deviation from the mandates of Cabinet; the involvement of some persons in criminal activities; fraud by suppliers; theft of equipment and breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Speaking during a private motion on rising crime raised by Member of Parliament for Naparima, Rodney Charles, this afternoon, Minister Dillon claimed implications from Life Sport Programme is being felt today.

Mr Charles noted that the state was lost its way in addressing crime.