The number one job of the Government is the safety and security of its citizenry. This country needs to be transformed into a surveillance society. I am not sure what the laws are concerning the use of facial recognition cameras in public spaces, but I think that the government needs to seriously consider implementing policies that will allow for the increased use of these high-tech cameras, especially when one considers the large number of murders, car thefts and violent crimes in T&T. The Government also needs to educate the public on the effectiveness and many benefits of these cameras. The fear factor does not exist for criminals any more. They are becoming braver in their acts partly due to the fact that many cameras are not very effective in identifying faces.

Facial recognition surveillance utilises high-definition cameras to capture the faces of people in public areas. It then is able to take these images and compare them against images in law enforcement databases. The new images are uploaded into the database, whether or not the person matched any existing image.

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has demonstrated his ability to lead in a manner that is both visionary and transformational. As the most experienced parliamentarian in the House of Representatives, a higher call has been placed on him as Prime Minister. To date, it must be noted that Dr Rowley, while unorthodox in some of his actions, continues to show he is getting the job done.