Police officers speak to a driver on High Street on San Fernando, during a joint partol, yesterday.

The Ministry of National Security has been allocated $5.664 billion, which includes funding for the T&T Police Service.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert disclosed this during the delivery of his seventh Budget presentation in the Parliament yesterday.

Imbert assured that the security of the country and its citizens, as well as the protection of national interests, “is at the core of our national security agenda.”

However, he noted that T&T is facing several emerging threats, including human trafficking, smuggling of illicit products, drug trafficking and a wide range of internal criminality driven by community gangs.

He said in combating these threats, the Government has focused on a multi-agency approach aimed at improving coordination and collaboration among security agencies, “all of which we have reformed and strengthened and provided with advanced technologies and online platforms.”

“We will continue undertaking these measures to ensure the security of our citizens and the protection of our interests. We are strengthening our border control and maritime capacity by bolstering our offshore capabilities,” he said.

Imbert said they are advancing technology usage across all national security services with full digitisation of service divisions, “thereby improving the efficiency of operations and tracking the movement of evidence.”

“We are creating purpose-built spaces: the Integrated Logistics Support Facility at the Heliport Base Chaguaramas will provide the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard with the necessary infrastructure to conduct effective repairs and maintenance of its vessels. New fire stations at Penal, Roxborough Tobago, Point Fortin and Mayaro are providing an increased measure of public safety services for households, schools, businesses, as well as existing oil and gas infrastructure.”

He said they are improving the security apparatus at the Golden Grove Prison with the installation of security fencing and installation of alarm systems and a CCTV system and continuing upgrade works at the Remand Yard Prison.

“We have made our nationals safe and going forward we will set aside continuous resources to build the capacity of all the units in our security sector and to ensure that our youth is fully protected,” Imbert said.