Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (centre) chaired Monday’s session of the National Security Council. Others from left are Minister of National Security, Gary Griffith, Deputy Police Commissioner, Ann Marie Alleyne, Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ken Maharaj, Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Glen Hackett, and Deputy Director of NSOC, Allan Araujo.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following last week's oil spills in South Trinidad, a decision was taken at Monday’s meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) to increase security around installations in the energy sector, both on land and at sea.
The NSC got an update on the oil spill and, while an investigation is being undertaken by Petrotrin, government has decided to protect its facilities within the energy sector. Stricter security measures will be in place at all energy installations, and access won't be as easy as before.
Other issues discussed included security measures for the Christmas holidays.
It was decided that the Police Service and Defence Force would work together to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago during the festive season. Acknowledging there has been an increase in homicides in December, the NSC said every additional resource would be deployed during the Christmas season.
There will be increased mobile patrols along the main roads and highways. Foot patrols will be increased in the major towns. The Highway Patrol and Rapid Response Unit (RRU) will be monitoring the highways, as statistics show that during the festive season, there has been an increase in road fatalities.
Statistics have shown that the majority of road deaths have been caused by speed, tiredness and alcohol, or a combination of all.