The government will hold a nationwide debate on crime in Trinidad and Tobago, according to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. The number of murders this year has risen to 36, including the killing of three relatives on Sunday.
As he renewed his call for individuals to assist law enforcement authorities in combating the rise in crime, Rowley informed reporters that the consultation will take place in the first few days of March.
He claimed that in other nations, residents actively contribute to the reduction of crime by sharing information with law enforcement.
According to Rowley, at the beginning of 2022, the nation was under constant attack from the criminal element, which led to a record number of homicides. These murders were facilitated and encouraged by other alarming criminal activity, including persistent gun running, institutional corruption, and facilitation, as well as the ongoing expansion of gang activity in many areas of the nation.
While the authorities look into the Sunday killings of three persons, including two brothers, Senior Superintendent Kerwin Francis, chief of the northern division, issued a warning to parents that criminal gangs were out to kidnap their children.
According to the police, assailants shot and killed Keron Modoo, 16, Andre Singh, 16, and Jamal Hackshaw, 19, as well as their 16-year-old cousin, on Sunday.
Francis claimed that the three youths were shot and killed at a partially completed concrete building at D’Abadie, which is located along the east-west highway.
Trinidad & Tobago recorded 606 murders in 2022.