POLICE PROUD OF 30% DETECTION RATE
T&T Police Service (TTPS) public information officer ASP Michael Pierre made the announcement as he presented statistics for divisional performance between January and June, during a press briefing at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Pierre said that the South Western, Eastern, Tobago and Southern divisions had all improved their detection rates beyond the 30 per cent international benchmark statistic.
“Four of the nine divisions have now gone above this mark namely the South Western and Eastern Divisions both having improved their detection rate to 64 per cent and 57 per cent respectively, Tobago at 35 per cent and Southern Division at 33 per cent,” Pierre said.
He said that the statistics showed an improvement for the South Western, Eastern and Tobago Divisions, who had recorded detection rates of 59, 47, and 33 per cent respectively, during the first three months of the year.
Overall the TTPS has an overall detection rate of 30 per cent for the first six months of the year.
Pierre said that there was a 10 per cent reduction in reports of serious crime for the period, with 6,772 in 2016 and 6,093, this year.
The Port-of-Spain, Western and Tobago Divisions recorded the largest drops in reports of serious crime between last year and this year, recording 30, 26 and 19 per cent respectively.
“The crime types classified as serious crimes are: murders, wounding and shootings, rape, incest and other sexual offences, kidnapping, fraud, burglaries, and break-ins, general larceny, larceny of motor vehicles, narcotics offences, possession of firearm and ammunition and other serious crimes,” Pierre said.
He said while the TTPS was pleased by the statistics, it was still concerned about the rate of murders and the proliferation of illegal firearms, which are the most common weapon used to commit them.
For the first six months of the year, there were 251 murders compared to 229 for the same period, last year. Of the 251 murders, 19 per cent have been solved by the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.
The murder toll to date stands at 282, according to the Homicide Bureau, 13 more than the comparable period last year.
In total, police seized 509 illegal firearms and 6,343 rounds of assorted ammunition during the period, compared to 402 guns and 5,493 rounds of ammunition for the corresponding period, last year.
“In this regard, the TTPS continues to intensify its efforts to achieve a further reduction in serious crimes as well as improve its overall detection rate. We have increased the conducting of strategic exercises, road checks, increased visibility through foot and mobile patrols, intensify investigations and other measures to ensure that illegal firearms and ammunition are seized and removed from the streets of T&T,” Pierre said.