PORT OF SPAIN – As he gears up to take office tomorrow, soon-to-be acting Commissoner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday hailed the South Western Police Division as a success after it has managed to reduced crime within its districts by 20 per cent.
Williams made the statement yesterday after a tour with acting?Prime Minister Jack?Warner and other officials of the Moruga, La Brea and Oropouche police stations which are among eight police stations earmarked for
reconstruction. The stations are part of
a $291 million programme to rebuild much-needed police stations. Williams welcomed the move by the National Security Minister to expedite
the construction of the stations. “On behalf of the officers, I would like to say how pleased we are with the level of urgency that the construction of police (stations) is being pursued,” he said. “We visited the respective locations that (officers) have been highlighting,
the extremely challenging conditions under which they operate.
“There is now some level of hope for them that construction of these buildings will be taking place at a pace to provide them with an opportuntiy to have better accommodation from which they can operate,” Williams said. He highlighted the success of crime management within the South Western Division, which he said, has registered a 20 per cent reduction. “For 2012, South Western Division is the division with the greatest level of success in crime reduction,” he said.
“We have realised a 20 per cent reduction in crime in South Western Division over the period in 2011 and that is something that has to be based on the co-operation of the public and the partnership they would have forged with the police officers but also the excellent work that the officers in South Western?Division are doing at this time.” (Guardian)