New United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will on Thursday launch a project to empower youth with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and life skills, expose them to positive role models and mentors, and reduce the attractiveness of radicalism and gang membership by offering them hope and opportunity.
The project will be launched at the Success Laventille Secondary School, 35 Eastern Main Road, Laventille.
The US Embassy says the project is a collaboration between the School, US/TT Alumni Association, and the U.S. Embassy.
Police are closely monitoring a disturbing trend whereby gangs are recruiting teenagers to conceal their illegal weapons and narcotics.
The trend was revealed by acting Superintendent Gary Edwards, of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) while speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Edwards said, “A trend has been noted whereby members of several organised criminal groups are using persons without criminal records, especially teenagers, to keep their illegal items for them.”