The country's murder rate was one of the topics discussed when the National Security Council headed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met on Thursday.
According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, the discussions focused on the troubling number of murders for 2018, firearm-related crimes, gang activity and the preparations for Carnival 2018.
The Police Service reiterated to the members of the meeting their desire for anti-gang legislation to be passed in order to assist in their fight against criminal, gang-related activities and gave examples of the use of the previous legislation and its effects on their effort to fight gang-related crime the statement read.
The use of illegal firearms in serious crimes and murders was discussed along with the efforts that were being made to reduce the numbers of illegal firearms.
Focus and attention were given to the presentation made with respect to the plans for Carnival and the collaborative approach being adopted to ensure a safe Carnival throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Present at the meeting were the acting Commissioner of Police, deputy Commissioner of Police and a number of divisional commanders of the Police Service, the Chief of Defence Staff, SSA Director and the Commissioner of Prisons.