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T&T PM to bring in expert to assist with fighting crime

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 11:03 AM
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says he is planning to invite an expert to the twin island republic to assist with the challenge of fighting crime, .

The prime minister made the statement yesterday as he answered questions during a press conference in Barbados.

“Last week I was talking to our National Security Minister (Stuart Young) and we are inviting an expert into Trinidad to open a conversation on this issue which is crime and violence as a public health issue.”

The prime minister said the country is trying to face the crime challenge.

“It is like an exotic disease that comes into an environment for plants and animals. Once it is in the environment you have to face up to it and that is what we are facing up to now.”

He also expressed concern that young people have been turning to crime.

 “That is the frightening thing, it is the next generation, the young population that seems to not have the value system even on the value of life.We are also penetrated by the problems of our larger neighbours with the drug and firearms trade.”

Rowley was in Barbados for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation.