POLICE COMMISSIONERS CONCERNED ABOUT YOUTH GANGS AND VIOLENCE
Caribbean Police commissioners meeting in Georgetown are very concerned about the growing levels of crime involving young people and the long term impact that increase could have on the region and its youths.
The police commissioners have raised the issue in their closed door sessions and are also looking at the problem of criminal gangs which appear to be popping up across the region. Trinidad & Tobago knows the problem all too well and the police commissioner of the twin island republic clearly believes that violent crimes being committed by young people is not something that ought to be swept under the carpet.
Trinidad and Jamaica have seen increasing numbers of violent crimes over the past couple of years, and many of them seem to be gang related. Getting to the root cause of the gang warfare has also proved to be an uphill battle, one that may need more than just the police force’s involvement.
The gang problem appears to be growing.
Many CARICOM states while reporting a small drop in violent crimes and murders are noticing an increase in the number of young people involved in those crimes, and they say that’s very worrying.
From Guyana to Jamaica, the security forces have been looking for answers, hopefully at the end of the current police commissioners meeting, they’ll be much closer to figuring those answers out.