PM: Don't cry over negative travel advisories

Do not be beaten down by or cry over the various negative travel advisories being issued about this country, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has stated.

Rowley made the statement yesterday as he spoke to members of the media following the official opening of the Carenage Home Work Centre and Police Youth Club on Constabulary Street, Carenage.

On Thursday the United States Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago updated its travel advisory to this country warning of terrorism and prohibiting US Government personnel from visiting various areas in Port-of-Spain, including the interior of the Queen’s Park Savannah.

That update came one day after top diplomats to this country met with Rowley.

On Wednesday, Rowley met with British High Commissioner Tim Stew, Australian High Commissioner John Pilbeam, Canadian High Commissioner Carla Hogan Rufelds and United States Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre. Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia had all issued travel advisories warning of crime and terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago before Carnival when a threat to disrupt the celebrations was announced by the Police Service. Rowley was asked if the Government was concerned about these advisories being issued. “We don’t have any control as to what other countries think of us but we do indicate to them our understanding of the situation and we expect that they would be understanding of our circumstances and if we were in the business of putting out advisories about other people’s countries we would have to put out similar ones like this,” he said.

“We are not in this business and the world of 2018 wherever you are there are concerns of one kind or another so let us no be beaten down by it and what we don’t have control over we don’t cry over.

“The way we deal with that is working as cooperatively as we can with those persons so that they can be assured that we are doing everything possible to protect our citizens and their citizens within our borders 24/7,” he said. The old building that once housed the Carenage Police Station was renovated to create the Home Work Centre and Police Youth Club. It was done at a cost of $3.9 million. The project was handled by the Urban Development Corporation of T&T.

Rowley said he hoped the centre showed that the police are in the business of working hand in hand with citizens for the betterment of this country.

“Tensions in communities and the tensions between communities and the police are of concern but we have to try and ensure that people don’t see the Police Service or police officers as their enemy because the police relies very heavily on the cooperation of the public to bring about effective policing,” Rowley said.

“I can tell you one of the areas of focus that we have is to rebuild the trust between the citizens and the police service.” 

Source: (Joel Julien)

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