PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday May 21, 2013 – On Monday, Trinidad and Tobago police were still trying to identify a man whose severed head was found at a racetrack in Arima over the weekend.
Police said the body was later found several metres away in an open field at Carapo in eastern Trinidad.
The police have been appealing to citizens whose male relatives have gone missing recently to visit the Forensic Science Centre to view the body.
Over the weekend, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams admitted that the service is struggling to deal with rampant murders in Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the Police Service’s crime statistics database, there were 166 murders at the end of May 2012, in comparison to 143 murders so far this year.
“We are progressing and we have been receiving the support of law-abiding citizens as we tackle crime and criminality across this nation. That is the reason why there is a clear direction in the reduction of serious crimes in 2013, but we need to do something more.
“We need even more support from the public as we are still struggling around violent crimes, especially shooting incidents where people are dying,” Williams said after attending the funeral service of a 39-year-old police corporal who was shot and killed last week.
“Most of the murders are centred around shooting incidents so it is really about an issue of firearms in the country. By way of a clear strategic approach, our target is to get as much guns off the streets, but also to find the mechanism to limit guns coming in the country,” he added.
Williams said he was also for the move to allow off-duty officers to go home with their guns.
“As the leader of the organisation, I am committed to facilitating the officers in arming them. I have made it clear to all the officers that it is my thrust and my intention, but it has to be done in a responsible manner because the very said public is questioning the issue of corruption and criminality within the police organisation.”(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)