Social programmes targeting youth are important in tackling crime, because people join gangs to get a sense of belonging.
This according to National Security Minister Stuart Young, who spoke today after a National Discission on Crime involving stakeholders such as the Police Commissioner and Chief of Defence Force.
The closed door discussions were also attended by student groups, the UWI Guild, private security firms, T&T Chamber of Commerce, and other business groups.
According to Mr Young, one youngster also made reference to the role of music and popular culture on today’s youth.
There were also discussions on the legal framework needed to back crime fighting initiatives, such as the Bail Amendment Act.
There were however no representatives from the Judiciary or the Law Association present at the meeting, however Minister Young says they could be included in the next round of conversation.