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Couva Chamber wants innovative policing in 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

President of the Couva Point Lisas Chamber,Liaquat Ali is calling for innovative policing in 2017 to deal with the crime scourge in the country.

“We have to do something with crime or we are heading for disaster, “ Ali predicted yesterday, saying it was seriously affecting business.

“We cannot afford to adopt the same policing approach over and over to fighting crime and nothing is changing. We have to be innovative because criminals are winning the war right now. If we continue this way criminals will over run this country.”

Expressing concern that central Trinidad had been identified as the second hot spot in the country, Ali said with 2016 being one of the bloodiest years, he was at a loss to understand Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams’ claim that there was a two percent reduction in serious crime.

At the final police press briefing in Port of Spain lat week, Williams said overall there was a two per cent reduction in overall violent incidents, which entailed woundings, shootings and murders.

“It does not appear so to us. The perception out there is that crime is out of hand and perception is what has people living in fear, “ Ali contended.

The businessman also called for transparency in the distribution of foreign exchange among commercial banks as the shortage continues to plague their membership who are unable to pay suppliers.

“A lot of our members are on the verge of not being able to pay their suppliers, including myself. I have been asking for an even and fair distribution of foreign exchange from the commercial banks.”


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