Trinidad Express:-SEVEN citizens were murdered and countless crimes committed over the Carnival weekend, but the National Security Ministry on Wednesday night issued a press release congratulating soldiers and police officers for “making Carnival 2017 crime free”.
Among the killings directly linked to the Carnival was the J’ouvert morning stabbing death of Defence Force soldier Dexter James who was knifed to death on the streets of Port of Spain.
And among the violent crimes were the assault of police officers during the J’ouvert in Tobago and on Monday afternoon in La Brea.
A mother and daughter were also found knifed to death at their home in Siparia on Monday.
The National Security Ministry statement came hours after a press conference by the police service, in which senior officers reported an eleven per cent decrease in serious crimes for the Carnival.
In addition, Deputy Commissioner of Police Deodat Dulalchan made the following statement: “I am pleased to indicate that there was not a single reported incident of a sexual offence against a woman”.
According to the Ministry’s statement:
“Minister of National Security Major General (Ret’d) the Honourable Edmund Dillon wishes to thank members of the Defence and Protective Services for their efforts in making Carnival 2017 crime free.
The Minister noted the high presence and visibility of officers on the streets during this Carnival period contributed to safer festivities and minimized crime…Minister Dillon assured that the Ministry of National Security will continue to work unceasingly to reduce crime in Trinidad and Tobago, so as to make this country a safer place for all”.