Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is of the opinion that this country would have had more difficulty if programmes of the like of Pan-Against Crime and other crime prevention initiatives were not in existence.

He praised local leadership at the grassroot level for contributing to the successes of the Pan-Against Crime programme.

Speaking on Sunday at the Pan Against Crime programme 10th anniversary celebration held at the South Rivers Playing Field Dr. Gonsalves said that “Where the programme is the strongest is where we have good local leadership,” adding, “we can provide the framework, mechanism and resources, but you have to own it.”

He announced that 840 students are currently involved in the Pan-Against Crime Programme at 10 schools. One hundred and ten of those students benefitting from the programme are from the community of South Rivers.

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