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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 1, 2017
at town meeting
maxi fares go up
The maxi taxi fare to Diego
Martin will increase from $4 to $5
from Monday, the area's Maxi Taxi
Association (MTA) announced
The Route One (yellow band) MTA
said in a statement that after "careful
consideration and lengthy delibera-
tions concerning our fares, have arrived
at the conclusion that we are left
with no choice at this time other
than to restructure them."
All destinations from Port-of-
Spain will be increased by $1 from
$4 to $5. Short drops from Port-
of-Spain will be increased by $1
from $3 to $4. However, short drops
within Diego Martin, Petit Valley,
Carenage and Maraval will remain
unaffected at $3. The group said more
comprehensive listing of the new fare
structure will be made available at a later date. (GA)
Police assoc on Kamla's
call to grant gun permits
Creation of a 'wild
The creation of a "wild west" coun-
This was the response from president
of the Police Service Social and Welfare
Association, Insp Michael Seales, following
the call made by Opposition Leader Kamla
Persad-Bissessar that citizens should be
allowed to carry guns to protect themselves
and their families from the criminals in
Persad-Bissessar, who had made that call
during a press conference at the Charles
Street, Port-of-Spain office on Monday,
said the country had recorded the highest
number of murders for any January month
in this country's post- independence history.
"People have a right to be able to defend
themselves and their loved ones in the face of
the State's demonstrated inability to guarantee
their safety and protection."
"The time has come for us to also consider
allowing women the right to legally carry
and use pepper spray and tasers to defend
themselves," Persad-Bissessar said.
There have been 53 murders within the
first 29 days of the year to date.
Saying the association was in "total dis-
agreement" with the proposal Seales
added add that the statements ap-
peared to be an attack on all law
enforcement arms, including the
"Based on what was said it can
only mean it is a direct attack on
the State apparatus and its com-
petence and its functioning from
a law enforcement perspective.
"It is almost like if you're pro-
moting a 'cowboy town....a 'wild
west scenario.' Today I shoot you
tomorrow somebody shoot you. No,
that's not how it goes," Seales added.
On assurances from the Police Service
that the crime situation would be effec-
tively tackled, he said urged members
of the public participate in the fight
against crime. He said while the police
were doing their best agreed that there
needed to be greater cooperation with
public, urging that they must not turn
a blind eye to criminal activities.
with a violent
missioner of Police
has admitted that
the police are grap-
pling with a violent
At a police town
meeting at the Mon
Repos Regional Com-
plex, San Fernando
on Monday night,
Dulalchan heard the
outcries of citizens
in the police division
he headed a few years
ago. It was a small crowd at the town meeting and
some residents living near the complex said they
were not informed of the town meeting.
In his opening, Dulalchan said the police did not
have all the answers and it was the reason why they
were going to the citizens for recommendations. Even
as the T&T Police Service was expected to announce
a strategic plan for 2017 to 2019 yesterday with the
aim of making the country safer, some attendees
were of the view that enough will not be done to
ease their fears. Dulalchan said data would show
that since 2009 serious crime has been trending
downwards, however, it is hard to believe given the
heinous crimes that have been taking place.
"In 2009, there were 22,000 serious crimes. In
2016, there were around 11,000, but our problem is
how violent our society has become. That is what we
as the police have the grapple with," Dulalchan said.
Over 50 murders have been committed in 31 days,
which included savage mutilations, illegal cremations
and kidnappings. Even teenagers have been caught
in the onslaught of criminals. Although police recovered
over 770 firearms in 2016, 80 per cent of the murders were
carry out using guns. He said most of the guns recovered was
due to information they received from the public and more
help was needed in order to rid the streets of illegal weapons.
Concerns about crime was more than murders, with child
protection playing a major part of the meeting. Francis Samp-
son, a teacher at the Anstey Memorial Girls' Anglican School,
said teachers and parents were still fearful of a pervert who
continue to expose himself to the children and passers-by.
Sampson said although the man was arrested and
served a prison sentence, he has returned to his old
habit. In addition, she said, police patrols are insuf-
ficient around the school, given the closeness to the
attempted robbery of Lai King Restaurant, which
resulted in a shooting and the subsequent murder
of Jerome "Pum" Calliste.
Cocoyea/ Tarouba councillor, Teresa Lynch, a
guidance counsellor, wants police to also charge
parents who fail to report instances of sexual abuse of
their children. Lynch said many times children who
report to her that they were fondled and molested
had told their parents.
However, the parents do not report the culprits.
Dulalchan said sometimes children tell different
stories to what they tell counsellors and parents.
Lynch's father, Leslie Lynch, a former councillor,
said police failed to respond to reports of a child being
abused by her father on three occasions. Lynch said
the child would be beaten for 15 minutes for minor
things and the police always had an excuse why they
could not come.
Dulalchan assigned officers to personally address
the residents' concerns and report back to him in
the coming weeks.
Deputy Commissioner of
Police (operations) Deodat
Dulalchan, PHOTO: MICHEAL
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