(CARIBBEAN360) Trinidad and Tobago has unveiled tough new strategies to arrest spiraling crime, but they will not involve the resignation of Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.
The crime chief served notice he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, despite concern about his track record at a time when the country has recorded more than 30 murders already for the year.
Williams slighted a strong statement from outgoing United States Ambassador John Estrada that if he was in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) he would “fire himself” in the face of spiralling crime.
Williams hit back, saying: “I will be the first person to walk if I am dissatisfied with the effort that I am putting in and the results that I’m getting. If murder was the only crime which occurs in T&T, I would have resigned,” he told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.
Armed with evidence, Williams maintained that the data showed that the level of serious crime was at its lowest in the last 33 years, and accused the media of ignoring that fact.
“Shootings and woundings in 2016 went down and I have presented that information and the data to the media…You have to judge on the whole violence listing.”
Flanked by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, Williams said the safety and security of citizens were priority and the TTPS would be enlisting the Special Reserve Police to protect all communities across the twin-island republic.
He outlined that special attention will be paid to crime hotspots, including an increase in police patrols.
Dillion assured all agencies will be mobilized ahead of Carnival and members of the Special Reserve Police will also provide additional support.