by Caribbean News Now Staff
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has announced new strategies in the fight against crime, including introducing modern technology and intelligence.
|Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
Speaking on the Budget late Friday night, Persad Bissessar announced that the Special Anti Crime Unit (SAUTT) will be revamped to be better equipped to track down criminals.
She said, "We will restructure the unit and downsize it to focus on two core functions. Right now it is all over the place, including tapping my cell phone, I understand and yours."
She announced that SAUTT will be converted to a central intelligence unit and a national training academy. With this move, the human resource of the police service will be boosted, she said.
Persad Bissessar said the Central Intelligence Unit will focus on gathering information on countering terrorism and other major criminal activities that affect the security of the nation and gather evidence to combat criminals.
The Trinidad Express reported that the prime minister added, "I am advised that there are several intelligences in the one small twin island republic, which keep the information secret and they do not work with each other. We propose that SAUTT will become the central point to have all the intelligence accumulated upon which appropriate operational plan will be implemented.”
She also disclosed that SAUTT officers will be given an option to be reinstated in the Police Service or Defence Force.