Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 23rd 2015 Contents Iam so happy that the police
service is recording a safer Car-
nival than the last Carnival. I m
so happy that the police are say-
ing that serious crime was down
from last year s Carnival. The
way I understand it, Carnival
2015 was an even safer Carnival
than Carnival 2013.
Sorry Acting Commissioner
Stephen Williams, but those safe
Carnival statements means noth-
ing to me. They don t even regis-
ter on my radar because I can
personally attest to how well the
police can count.
You see my son was brutally
stabbed about 6 pm Carnival
Monday in St Clair during Carni-
val 2013, and he was never even
counted as a police statistic.
He was not in any shape to
talk to police in the emergency
room of Port-of-Spain General
Hospital when he was admitted
on Carnival Monday 2013. We
were told by the police officer
posted in the emergency room
that someone would take his
statement after he was warded.
No one ever came.
Whenever I saw police officers
taking statements in the hospital,
I approached them. Once they
started taking information, they
just brushed us off saying some-
one else would come to speak to
us later, and so it went on for
days with no one ever taking a
police station and beg for a
statement. That didn t work.
Finally, I insisted for a report to
be taken. This was days after
Carnival. I was told, "Lady, we
have important things here.
Someone was killed in this dis-
trict over Carnival."
I take it that meant that a stab
wound that barely missed the
lungs, an arm that was nearly
severed and a face sliced up so
bad that a plastic surgeon had to
sew it back together does not
count for "a serious crime."
The whole incident with my
son took place under a video
camera. After I kept pointing that
out to the police, an officer
informed me that there was no
Now, it s two years later, 2015,
and I have heard nothing from
the police even though my son
reported who stabbed him. The
police did not impress me---and
they still don t. Their service was
poor. Their attitude was embar-
rassingly unprofessional. There
was no courtesy, no understand-
ing, no real investigation unless
you want to count their calling in
one of the men pinpointed in the
incident and then telling us that
the accused said he wasn t there.
My son was not even counted
as a statistic in Carnival 2013 so
I don t really know what your
Carnival statistics for 2015 mean.
I just had to say this because I m
a little leery of the "safer Carni-
val" speech that sounds a lot like
a broken record after three years.
You see, if I have had this
experience that I feel compelled
to write about two years later, I
wonder if anyone else had had
In 2013, The Ministry of
National Security heralded that
Carnival as the most successful
Carnival for the last two years in
terms of the number of serious
When one newspaper queried
the number of offences reported
and asked if there was an under-
reporting of offences, the Nation-
al Security Minister said they can
only report what crimes were
reported to the police.
While the National Security
Minister argued with the media, I
was still trying to get police to
take my son s statement. My son
was busy getting treated like a
nuisance---not a victim.
"In terms of security and safe-
ty, there has been no Carnival
like this before," the Minister
claimed in 2013, and I read this
with absolute horror days after I
walked out of the St Clair Police
In all fairness Acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams,
did not go as far as labelling
Carnival 2013 as the safest Car-
nival. Back then, he said he
would leave that judgment to the
In the end the police had
reported that the festivities were
marred only by a fatal stabbing
that took place near George V
Park, St Clair, around 10 pm on
Carnival Tuesday 2013.
My son s incident made no
official police report.
So, excuse me if statistics mean
nothing to me when you talk of
Carnival 2013, 2014 or 2015.
Excuse me while I wonder if
there is anyone out there besides
me who is puzzled, disappointed,
disheartened and frightened
about what police statistics---not
to mention police service---really
As I said, my son no longer
lives here. I don t consider this
place to be a safe place for him
to live any longer partly because
of police statistics.
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NOT EVEN COUNTED AS A STATISTIC
My son was not even counted as a statistic in
Carnival 2013 so I don't really know what your
Carnival statistics for 2015 mean. I just had to
say this because I'm a little leery of the "safer
Carnival" speech that sounds a lot like a broken
record after three years.
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