Cummings was speaking at a community meeting on Wednesday night. He said that young people in the area have gone into profitable agricultural entrepreneurial activity over the last year, which has drastically reduced gun violence and violent crimes. But praedial larceny and illegal quarrying remain significant concerns.
“This has always raised a major hindrance to further development. The distressing nature of these events and the increment in the boldness of the perpetrators have the effect of turning individuals who are interested in agriculture and influenced them to move away from this profession.”
He said one of his visions for the regime is to make it the breadbasket of T&T. He stated the commissioner to deal with praedial larceny so that young farmers wouldn’t be discouraged by the dangers related to it.
Griffith stated while a drop in crime is a positive sign, La Horquetta/Talparo still has a long way to go.
“It’s miserable we have reached the situation we are in because sometimes we will make knee-jerk decisions, and we feel the domino effect. As he looked into this constituency and environs, it reminds him of probably about ten or 12 years ago, and we did not have this dispute.
“What caused the problem? Bad decisions. he recalled when I was in another land –and I’ll use two words: ‘Life Sport’ – and that became a domino-effect towards what we have seen throughout this area and the surrounding or the constituencies.”
Griffith told the residents it would take more than night vigils, marching, and protests to take inmates down. He said, “What I’m saying to you all is to do what is significant. I need assistance.”
Griffith said gang-related activity had been the catalyst for the latitude in murders throughout T&T. He asked the citizens to confide in the police and not to be afraid to say something if they see something.