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Peace and order are key contributors to
a successful tourism industry world-
wide. As such, security and safety
remain a primary concern for tourists when
travelling to vacation destinations.
Indeed, the provision of a secure environ-
ment, as well as protection of tourists from
violence is a priority for all tourism stake-
holders. However, in order to attain this
goal, there is an urgent need to develop and
hone police officers skills. Such specialist
training is designed to enhance existing
police officers roles as effective tourism
front-liners (tourism-oriented police officers)
capable of providing excellent service to vis-
itors travelling around the country.
Globally, in spite of governments policies
to ensure safety and security at vacation
destinations, incidents such as 9/11 in the
USA, the Bali bombing in Indonesia of 2002
and the deadly attack on tourists at a beach
in Sousse, Tunisia, on June 27, 2015, for
example, are grim reminders of extreme
dangers which visitors often face whilst
When destinations are deemed unsafe or
perceived as being risky travel options---
crime, violence and insecurity can cause
them to suffer economically.
Regarding Tobago (and by extension
Trinidad), we can only be successful pro-
tecting visitors if the local populace, includ-
ing stakeholders, understand the special
needs of tourists. It is well-known that
people avoid travelling to places considered
security threats. By improving T&T as a safe
destination within the international commu-
nity, it s attraction as a tourism destination
grows and thus, increases socio-economic
benefits. This is needed much more now,
due to falling oil and gas prices internation-
ally. T&T should not be left behind as
police departments elsewhere modernise
their operations. St Lucia, Haiti and Aruba
have all implemented Tourism Oriented
Policing to protect their tourism product.
Tourism security is vital to success as:
1. Violence may cause tourists to shorten
their stay on the islands and/or choose else-
where. This could decrease repeat visitations
and word-of-mouth referrals.
2. Tourism safety enhances T&T s reputa-
tion and may increase visitation.
3. Tourism safety positively impacts
tourists expenditure and fosters sustainabili-
ty of businesses.
4. Tourism safety is a basic need, without
it, even the best marketing plans fail.
5. Tourism safety increases competitive-
ness and attractivity.
6. Without tourism safety, tourism could
fail causing an uncertain future.
7. Safety is critical to a high quality
In mid-November 2015, a dedicated Police
unit, the Tourism Oriented Policing unit,
(TOP unit) was launched in the Tobago
Police Division aimed at improving the level
of security to tourists. The TOP unit is
comprised of officers specifically trained in
various aspects of Tourism Oriented policing
in October 2015. This launch is evidence of
the government s commitment to tourist
safety and serves to define the future of
policing and tourism.
There may be some disagreement with
the formation of the Tobago Tourism Ori-
ented Policing unit regarding compartmen-
talisation of functions within the depart-
ment, since some police officers focus on
crimes by and against tourists while others
focus on crime in general. Modern depart-
ments are now adapting new and innovative
models of policing.
Tarlow (2014) submits "the former para-
digm of police generalists is no longer valid
in an age of cerebral security and profes-
Professionally, there is much support for
the Tobago Tourism Oriented Policing unit,
the Central Government and the Tobago
House of Assembly for this initiative which
would no doubt redound to the benefit of
all citizens in terms of crime reduction,
improved security and safety, and economic
Contact the Caribbean Institute for
Security and Public Safety for almost
100 courses in law enforcement, corpo-
rate security, OSH/HSE, supervision and
management etc, for companies and
individuals. Tel: 223-6999/361-1024, email:
DR WENDELL C WALLACE is a crim-
inologist, barrister and university lecturer.
Dear Mr President: I hope you get this letter
of concern about the large number of
homeless people (on the streets of PoS), also
stray dogs and cats. I believe that humans have
been put on the earth to take care of the ani-
mals; and that we should care for the less-for-
I am 14-years-old, live in Belmont and attend
the Melville Memorial Girls' Anglican School. I
am in Standard Five and will be sitting the SEA
exam this year. As a child growing up in my
community, my parents taught me to be kind to
people and animals. Whenever I am taken to
Port-of-Spain by my parents I cannot help but
see the many street people either begging or
sleeping on the pavement. I see cats and dogs
between people in the city as well.
I believe this is not healthy for both the peo-
ple and the stray animals. I believe as human
beings we must be kind to one another, care for
each other and take care of the dumb animals.
Sir, I would like to meet with you to discuss
an idea to take care of the street people and
the stray animals. I have also written to His
Worship the Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Mr Ray-
mond Tim Kee on the subject and wish to meet
Sir, I believe you may be able to guide me
along, since I believe you can assist. Your con-
cern for the youths of this nation is well known.
The idea is about getting a place, or going to
an institution to motivate and assist those peo-
ple who find themselves in this homeless state.
Also, to find the stray animals and put them in
shelters where they can be cared for.
Sir, I have heard many adults talking about
these matters and what can be done, but the
problem persists. As a child with a deep con-
cern for poor people and a love for animals, I be-
lieve that we can do better.
I hope you will find the time to meet with me
to discuss my idea, and how you can assist.
Belmont Valley Road, Belmont
DR WENDELL C WALLACE
TOURISM SECURITY FOR T&T We can do better by
homeless people, stray animals
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