Approximately 400 officers from the protective services of T&T who are in need of priority housing are still awaiting allocation.
This was revealed during a media conference called on Thursday by the President of the Fire Services Association of T&T, Leo Ramkissoon along with the President of the Prisons Officers Association, Ceron Richards.
In 2008, the Housing Ministry through a cabinet note, states that members of the protective services will be allocated ten per cent of the housing stock.
There are a number of breaches at the Housing Development Corporation's Oropune Gardens development in Piarco, hence the eviction of a tenant who was operating a hardware and commercial shop there early Wednesday.
In a release, HDC Managing Director Brent Lyons said it was during a visit there with executives on Saturday that they saw and confirmed the existence of reported homeowner infractions and breaches and decided to act on them immediately.
The Housing Development Corporation has issued a statement on the action it took this morning at Oropune Gardens following complaints from residents about rising crime in the area and other illicit activities.
Below is the statement from the HDC:
On the heels of the second murder within the last month at Oropune Gardens, residents of the area are up in arms over the increase in gun violence in the area and other illegal activities.
They are calling for an immediate intervention by officials at the Housing Development Corporation and the police.
Following the second murder in a month in their community, residents of Oropune Gardens are appealing for intervention from the authorities to deal with an upsurge in gun violence and other illegal activities in the area
The latest murder occurred on Thursday at about 9.38 pm when a man was fatally shot outside Building 4A. The victim has been identified as Calvin Carlton Straker, 27, who had addresses in Oropune Gardens and Samaroo Village, Arima.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given the assurance that his officers will continue to assist in the eviction of illegal occupants from Government housing units throughout the country.
Griffith gave this commitment during a meeting with Housing Development Corporation (HDC) managing director Brent Lyons.
The meeting, held at the Police Administration Building, was called to discuss HDC’s safety and security issues.