The Trinidad and Tobago government says it will be providing funds for a new initiative aimed at curbing the criminal activities here with the number of murders here so far reaching almost 300.
The initiative offers monetary rewards to persons who can anonymously provide information on where guns and other contraband are hidden.
National Security Minister Stuart Young, speaking on Sunday, said that the new initiative had been discussed with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Crime Stoppers after 24 people were gunned down here over the past few days.
But Young acknowledged that the law enforcement authorities would require the assistance of citizens in putting a dent to the crime situation.
“We will be offering rewards through the Crime Stoppers programme where persons can call in anonymously and provide law enforcement through Crime Stoppers with information and intelligence to help us locate cachets and stashes from one upwards of illegal firearms and ammunition in Trinidad and Tobago,” said young.
“If we successfully search and recover, as a result of information provided by you the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, caches of illegal firearms, we are prepared to offer rewards for that,’ young said, noting that it would all be worked out in the next few days with Crime Stoppers.
Young said that it was also impossible for citizens not to witness those crimes.
“Tell us where the illegal firearms are stored. We’ll get them, and you will remain safe. Tell us the criminal activities in your communities for us to stomp on. We’ll make inroads into fighting crime in Trinidad and Tobago,” Young said, noting “there is no one fix to crime in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The vast majority are repeat offenders. Keeping them in jail is going to help us,” Young said noting that the Firearm bill would also outlaw gun-running, raise fines and for a second offence impose a prison term. “This is not draconian. This is what our society requires at this time,” Young said, telling reporters also that the government was not considering implementing a state of emergency here.
So far this year, 285 people have been murdered here. Last year, 516 people were murdered in Trinidad and Tobago.