Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has proposed a major retreat on poverty.
He called for the retreat in an interview with reporters this week, while discussing the issue of crime.
The PM declared that there is no one single solution to the crime problem facing this country.
“I started alluding to the fact that we have 25 percent of our population earning less then $6000 on an annual basis. We have 11 social workers – we have one person that is responsible for making sure that kids are going to school,” Chastanet disclosed.
“That is one of the reasons why I am asking for a major retreat on poverty to look at all the different things that we’re saying that we’re doing to create a greater amount of effectiveness.”
The Prime Minister explained that the backbone of policing involves two critical areas.
He identified them as community policing, in which police officers have a relationship with people in the community who become the eyes and ears of law enforcement, and traffic.
According to Chastanet, zero tolerance in the area of traffic violations allows the police to arrest people who drive vehicles with broken lights and drive without a license and who may be on their way to commit serious crime.
“We have seen a significant amount of gains in terms of arms that we have recovered just by improving in traffic,” he explained.