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forces. But what do we expect. For years,
our leaders cannot come up with a formula
which allows us to select a police commis-
sioner. There always seem to be problems
and infighting when it comes to the matter
At the same time, however, there has to
be agreement that the rogue cops are in the
minority, because the entire country is fully
cognisant of the fact that the majority of
our police officers have the interest of the
citizens at heart. That fact cannot be taken
away. Many good and conscientious officers
abound in the Police Service and for that,
the country has to be grateful.
We call on the powers that be to make
greater efforts to rid the service of those
officers who are not deserving of wearing
the uniform of the T&T Police Service. It
is time to get the measure right.
Vernon Khelawan is the media relations
officer of Catholic Media Services Ltd
(Camsel), the official communications arm
of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain. Its
offices are located at 31 Independence
Square. Telephone: 623-7620.
This society is so steeped in bacchanal stemming
from politics, the Jack Warner saga, and the many
disclosures about politicians and their aides, alle-
gations and counter charges, and denials that we
lose sight of the many serious issues facing our
And while the council overseeing the Code of
Ethical Political Conduct will have a hard time keeping
political parties and their members and supporters
in check to observe the code, the mere fact that the
code does not have any powers of prosecution, people
will tend to dismiss its importance.
The talk show hosts on radio are leading the charge
in discussions where "anything goes." And the cam-
paign still has a long way to go. Can we expect things
to get any better? I don t think so!
How many of us have looked at the spike in the
carnage on our roads that are taking out lives "by
the grap," to use a local expression. The lives of fam-
ilies, close relatives, and even closer friends are being
snuffed out in road accidents. The increase in fatal
shootings and not only in the police designated "hot
spots." These are worrying times.
A most recent occurrence is the belief among the
police hierarchy as well as some in the public that
the planned police lockdown of the Enterprise district,
Chaguanas, was compromised by a mole resident in
the Police Service. And that is dangerous.
But this is not the first raid which has been rendered
useless. This has been going on for years, if we really
care to admit it. Leaks from moles resident in the
Police Service have caused drug lords and gang leaders
to become more and more powerful over the years.
All the public ever hears is that an investigation will
be launched into the matter. That is standard operating
The public is inundated by statements which claim
that many of these leaders are well-known to the
police, but they are never caught and prosecuted.
Investigations into the murder of Dana Seetahal is
a case point, where after an entire year, all the police
can say is "we re close to solving the crime."
But such statements are meaningful when the
public hardly, if ever, hears about the results of these
probes. And it is not too difficult to understand. With
close to three dozen officers in the courts all over
the country at this time, for crimes ranging from
murder to bribery, it is becoming more and more
difficult for society to feel comfortable.
The fallout from this botched Enterprise lockdown
is that the public s trust in the Police Service continues
to be eroded and leaves the population wondering
how well we are being protected by the security
Worrying times in T&T
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