The Southern Division of the TTPS has boasted of the largest seizure of guns across all nine policing divisions for the year to date.
This was revealed by Southern Division Acting Superintendent Yusuff Gaffar during the TTPS weekly media briefing at the Police Administration building on Wednesday.
Superintendent Gaffar said anti-crime initiatives have been occurring in the Southern Division reaping big results including the seizure of 179 illegal firearms.
Noting that firearms remain the weapon of choice in the committing of violent crimes, Gaffar said the officers under his division will continue its anti-crime efforts.
“Officers have been briefed on this fact and will be conducting continuous search and seizure exercises throughout the Division, targeting the seizure of illegal firearms and other criminal activities.”
Gaffar also noted that there is a 39% detection rate in serious crimes in the Division as well as a 9% reduction in serious reported crimes when compared to the same period in 2016.
The Southern Division Superintendent also stated that plans are afoot to reduce incidents of crime during the Christmas period including; more visible uniformed and plain clothes police officers throughout the Division.
“These officers will be vigilant in identifying individuals intent on committing any breaches of the law. Police officers have also been instructed to target persons who drive vehicles whilst being under the influence of alcohol. For the year thus far, 285 persons were arrested and taken before the courts for this offense.”
The Superintendent said DUI exercises will continue as the Christmas holidays approach as well as speeding.
“Drivers who break the speed limit will also be targeted by our newly installed speed team. These officers will target motorists who exceed our speed limits on our roadways.”
The senior police officer gave the assurance that the Southern Division is committed to ensuring that citizens have the most peaceful and safest Christmas ever. He said as such, members of the public may experience some inconvenience as a result of the police service’s anti-crime initiatives.
“Notwithstanding, persons found in breach of the law will not be excused. Law abiding citizens may experience some discomfort in terms of traffic congestion during the execution of police exercises. I would like to apologize to you all in advance for any inconvenience you may experience, but it this necessary to make our Division and Trinidad and Tobago a safer place.”