T&T's relief efforts to the Bahamas praised by Stew

British High Com­mis­sion­er Tim Stew com­mend­ed Trinidad and To­ba­go's re­lief ef­forts for the Ba­hamas in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Do­ri­an on Mon­day night.

Ref­er­enc­ing TT's de­ploy­ment of 100 troops to the hur­ri­cane struck is­lands, while ad­dress­ing chief of De­fence Staff Air Com­modore Dar­ryl Daniel who was among var­i­ous stake­hold­ers at the High Com­mis­sion­er's res­i­dence dur­ing the Launch of their 'Se­cu­ri­ty Aware­ness Week 2019', Stew de­scribed the ef­fort as "an ex­cel­lent con­tri­bu­tion and re­sponse to a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence suf­fered by the peo­ple of the Ba­hamas."


"CDS (Chief of De­fence Staff) I can on­ly com­mend Trinidad and To­ba­go's ini­tia­tive and sup­port to your neigh­bour in their time of need. It speaks vol­umes about this coun­try's gen­eros­i­ty and sense of glob­al re­gion­al re­spon­si­bil­i­ty," he said.

The first edi­tion of the event themed, 'Se­cu­ri­ty Aware­ness for Every­one (SAFE)' was launched last year and in­volves se­cu­ri­ty rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the TTPS, diplo­mat­ic com­mu­ni­ty and the pri­vate sec­tor gath­er­ing in one lo­ca­tion to "share se­cu­ri­ty chal­lenges, build stronger net­works and work out how we can best help each oth­er to build a safer T&T," Stew said.

Val­i­dat­ing the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ca­tion among the stake­hold­ers in fight­ing evolv­ing crime and en­sur­ing safe­ty, Stew cit­ed wor­ry­ing threats which pre­sent­ed them­selves dur­ing the year such as "tit-for-tat killings over con­trol of ter­ri­to­ry and drugs; crime dri­ven by the dif­fi­cult so­cio-eco­nom­ic cir­cum­stances of some com­mu­ni­ties, ma­nip­u­lat­ed by so-called com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers" and "ris­ing in­stances of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence."

He al­so com­mend­ed the Cham­ber of Com­merce, which last week launched a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­i­cy for its mem­bers to help com­pa­nies deal with the is­sue say­ing it was "a tan­gi­ble ex­am­ple of the pri­vate sec­tor en­gag­ing and tak­ing a lead on a sen­si­tive but crit­i­cal is­sue of per­son­al se­cu­ri­ty."

In his fea­ture ad­dress, Com­modore Daniel ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of "cross-sec­tor net­work­ing" in en­sur­ing a safer Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Al­so present at the event was last year's fea­tured speak­er, Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith.

Reporter: Rishard Khan