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SHALIZA HASSANALI

A new state -of -the -art CCTV service is on the horizon for the police to fight crime.

The revelation was made yesterday by National Security Minister Stuart Young in the House of Representatives in response to an urgent question posed by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal as to whether a new contract for the provision of CCTV cameras and associated services has been implemented for crime-fighting.

Young said he was not aware of the implementation of a new CCTV contract but a letter of award was delivered to the chosen provider for a new CCTV service.

“The contract is being negotiated and to be signed I am told this week.”

The minister could not say what percentage of CCTV cameras have not been functioning.

“But what I can tell the population is the contract we have negotiated and entered into resulted in an annual savings of over $310 million for the taxpayers of T&T for better technology to be provided.”

Moonilal said over 40 per cent of the CCTV cameras were not in working order and “cannot be used by the police as a tool in crime-fighting. Notwithstanding the great savings, you are talking about.”

Young said it has become to modus operandi for Moonilal to provide misinformation to the public.

Opposition MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh also asked Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley why there has been no significant improvement or modernisation of the T&T’s Forensic Science Centre.

The PM said the Government recently signed a $100 million dollar grant arrangement with the Government of China for the establishment of this centre.

“The building and outfitting designs and arrangements are in their final stages in China and very soon this would be a project to the people of T&T and China.”