The first meeting between new National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Chief Secretary Orville London is set for January 3 2014 to discuss security and related issues affecting Tobago.
London who wrote Griffith on Tuesday (10th December 2013) requesting the meeting said he was surprised to receive a positive response to his request the next morning.
The meeting which will also include representatives of the security services is likely to be held at the Mount Irvine Hotel.
London told Griffith that he remained convinced that special measures must be instituted to treat with Tobago’s unique environment and wished to reiterate that if these measures were not instituted effectively and expeditiously, Tobago’s brand of “Clean, Green, Safe and Serene” could be seriously tarnished.
The Chief Secretary said he trusted that Griffith will appreciate the urgency of the situation and ensure that an early meeting can be facilitated. He said crime in Tobago cannot be treated as an appendage of the other police divisions in Trinidad and he was becoming increasingly concerned with the level of certain types of crime in Tobago that included robberies especially and break-ins.
“Where crime is concerned, Tobago and Tobago’s economy are even more susceptible than Trinidad because we are so closely related to the tourism industry where the perception of crime could have a deleterious effect on our tourism sector and our tourism thrust,” London said.
London and the past National Security Minister Emmanuel George last met in July.