Targets for reducing crime in 2006 are dependent on the passage
of the police service reform bills, says junior National Security
Minister Fitzgerald Hinds.
He made the comment during a Guardian interview on Thursday
on calls by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on the Government
to take whatever action deemed necessary, draconian or otherwise,
to apprehend the perpetrators and restore normality.
Hinds said the bills and finding ways to weed out corrupt
police were two key elements in the discussions between the
Government and the Opposition on the high crime rate.
Hinds said the Chambers call was a cry of impatience,
which was understandable, given the record high rate of murders
impatience that, in my view, is not totally justified, because
theyre fully aware of the realities in T&T in terms
of the law and the Constitution and what we are doing.
took it to mean draconian within the context of the law and
the Constitution. I know they cannot be talking about anything
more than that, because we cannot break the law.
He said he had met with several business organisations and,
where possible, apprised them of what the ministry was doing.
Hinds also said the Government had implemented some of their
recommendations, given the law, the constitution and prevailing