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PM meeting with Dr Rowley

Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, speaks with Dr Keith Rowley, Thursday’s meeting to discuss crime at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. Looking on, from left, are Clifton De Coteau, Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration; Attorney General Anand Ramlogan; and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar.

Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, says a war will be waged against crime, with a wide range of initiatives including; a new method of selecting a Commissioner of Police and deploying more law enforcement manpower on the roads.

To this end, the Prime Minister announced that there will be a rapid response unit, 300 new vehicles and an increase in manpower for the T&T Police Service, expansion of the CCTV network, a citizen security program, and the strengthening of the Police Complaints Authority.

Yesterday’s meeting with Opposition Leader, Dr. Keith Rowley, and his team at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, started around 3.30 p.m. and ended just before 6 p.m.


Mrs. Persad-Bissessar led the Government team of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Justice Minister Christlyn Moore, National Diversity Minister Clifton DeCoteau and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar.

Following the meeting, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said she was heartened partisan politics was put aside to address problems which drew greater public concern last week after six people were murdered in east Port-of-Spain within 24 hours.

“We agreed to the creation of a criminal offence to deal with illegal home invasions and we recognised that urban renewal can be part of the solutions to the problems we are facing in urban areas in the city,” Persad-Bissessar said.