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Jul 18, 2019

P.U.P.’s Cordel Hyde says G.O.B.’s Crime Fighting Strategy Flawed

Cordel Hyde

In a recent statement made on social media, Minister of National Security John Saldivar spoke on crime and perception.  The minister said that murder, burglary, theft, and robbery all declined between January and June of this year when compared to last year. The violence in the past days, however, has added to the growing number of major crimes.  According to Minister Saldivar, the numbers up to the end of June demonstrate that the crime-fighting strategy is working.  P.U.P. Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde disagrees. According to Hyde, the government is not addressing the root cause of the problem.


Cordel Hyde, Deputy Leader, P.U.P.

“I think this government has a misplaced approach to crime and violence in this country. I’ve always said to my colleagues that we should resist the temptation to try capitalize when there is a spike in crime in this country. I would hope that the government would resist the temptation to boast and beat their chest when there is a lull on crime and violence in the country. The truth of the matter is that crime and violence is a national problem. It is not a party partisan one. It is a vexing problem. If I am to be honest then I have to say that we just seem to be outclassed and outmatched by the criminals. Our police department, they are just in and over their heads. They can’t keep up. The truth of the matter is that the solution from the government is more officers. Crime and violence starts with a decaying economic environment and our government has not responded to that the way they should have. The truth of the matter is that we should not be in this position that we are in today. But this government has wasted millions of dollars in projects. They put projects over people.”

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