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(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is describing Trinidad and Tobago as a “violent and lawless society” and admitting that there is “no area in crime fighting” he is satisfied with as chairman of the National Security Council.

Speaking to host Hema Ramkissoon on CNC 3’s Morning Brew yesterday, Rowley also expressed his own concern about corruption in the Police Service, which he said affects the flow of information to solve crimes.

With the murder rate at close to 150 for the year, Rowley said crime is “an intractable problem. What is required is a sustained response with the expectation that there would be successes in those areas.” The litmus test, he said, is the success of security agencies, but he said “I am not satisfied with anything in the area of crime management, crime detection and suppression.”

He said the Government was trying to “build the capacity of the defence mechanisms of the police, the Coast Guard, the Defence Force, the SSA, so that they could appropriately respond to those persons who have chosen crime as a way of life, and to protect those who might become victims of crime.”

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