Trinidad: 16 killed in four days; murder toll now 460

(GUARDIAN TT) – With 16 people being killed in the last four days of this new and last month of 2017, senior police officers are now looking to push different strategies to “up their game.”

The murder toll reached 460 yesterday with just 27 days remaining in the year. In the past two days there were also two double murders recorded in Belmont and Morvant, making it 25 (double murders) for the year so far.

These figures are not going down well with ACP Anti-Crime Operations Irwin Hackshaw. Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Hackshaw said there is major dissatisfaction among the senior ranks of the T&T Police Service, including the acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.

“We are not happy at all…we are not comfortable with what is happening,” Hackshaw said, noting they were especially disturbed with the recent spike in murders.

He said they will now be looking to deploy more officers in communities throughout T&T as they seek to bring the criminal element to book for their actions.

“We are pushing different strategies and looking at different ways to inject more officers in strategic areas for impact and to get that grip on that criminal behaviour.

“We are not giving up any fight and we will be pursuing relentlessly the gangs and the people conducting these crimes,” Hackshaw added.

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