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Police conduct called into question
The conduct of police officers, their inter-
action with members of the public and noise
pollution were among the many issues
raised by Plymouth villagers during a town
meeting with heads of Tobago Division's
police, last week.
The meeting, which was held at the Bethes-
da Multipurpose Facility, is the second in a
series of planned outreach meetings expect-
ed to take place throughout Tobago.
Villagers suggested police foot patrols
would be more effective in stemming the
current surge in criminal activity in Tobago.
They said policemen would be able to inter-
act more with members of the community
if they walked and greeted them.
Illustrating the lack of respect police offi-
cers showed villagers, resident pastor George
Alexander explained an encounter with a
policeman. "One day I was standing outside
and a police vehicle passed me. They reversed
and an officer just asked for someone -- no
good morning or anything so I told him to
go back to the station and let his supervisor
teach him some manners."
Another resident Agnes Gibson expressed
a similar sentiment. "I would like to know
why when the police hold a suspect they
have to beat them," she said.
" Even when they address people why do
they have to use obscene language it reflects
poorly on them as people expect them to
set examples," she added.
Acting Senior Superintendent of Police
(ASP) Garfield Moore told the audience,
officers have always been instructed to inter-
act with villagers. "I remember as a young
officer coming up we didn't have air con-
ditioning in the vehicles: maybe we will
have to remove the AC from the vehicles to
get our point across."
He also urged residents to hold police
accountable for poor behaviour. "Nobody
has the right to verbally abuse you. The use
of obscene language is punishable by law
and I am urging you to take these officers
numbers and make a report to the station,"
He added:... And even if you feel that you
will not get proper redress through that
channel you can go to the courthouse, ask
for the Justice of the Peace and bring them
u p ."Acting ASP Moore said the community
meetings are important if crime is to be
solved as police need the public's help.He
said crime can only be reduced if all parties
unite and show mutual respect for each other.
Meanwhile, in discussing the noise pol-
lution issue, villager -Aldrick Gibson, said it
affected everyone. "I've witnessed on sev-
eral occasions me neighbours hosting very
loud parties on several occasions and the
police may be in the area, and they pass
without saying a word." He said he would
like the police to become a little more pro-
Another resident Vincent Taylor said he
too was concerned about loud music. He
said it would take more than actions by the
police to decrease crime and called on the
police to join the church so that they could
"Police, soldiers, and even the government
can't solve crime. Persons have lost connec-
tion with the love of God, they don't have
any love and everyone has become so mate-
He asked that the value of drugs be with-
held from the public. He said stating the
value made crime seem lucrative.
In reply to the noise pollution issue, Act-
ing Superintendent of Police Vernon Roberts
said the problem is common in communi-
ties throughout the island. "We have come
up with a solution to address noise pollution
beginning with the Crown Point area, where
the EMA will be called in to test decibel
levels which should not exceed sixty-five
decibels at nights."
He said a committee was formed to treat
with the issue and those initiatives will be
implemented throughout Tobago.
Reconfigured Division focuses on Lifestyle Diseases
Almost 49 per cent of Tobago's
men living with hypertension are
not seeking treatment says Dr
Agatha Carrington- Secretary of
Health, Wellness and Family
Speaking at last week's post-Ex-
ecutive Council media briefing, she
said the reconfigured Health Divi-
sion was "renamed, rebranded and
realigned" to address healthcare
issues and family life in Tobago.
"The focus is now on health,
wellness and family development.
That is important because we have
to address these matters with
respect to lifestyle diseases in the
population, as well as addressing
social issues in our families."
Noting that the Health Studies
Unit showed a high rate of lifestyle
diseases in Tobago, she said a
realigned Division will address
issues of prevention, treatment and
It will also allow the THA to
manage health promotion, preven-
tion, care and treatment at the
same Division, she said.
She pointed out that her Division
is examining the island's health
centres role in assisting areas where
the focus was now placed.
She said "priority diseases" such
as stroke, diabetes and cancer were
being singled out for special atten-
tion. In the case of cancer, the THA
was set to form partnerships for
screening, full-fledged and pallia-
tive care, the Secretary said.
The Secretary also said the THA
is proposing centres of excellence
for health and wellness to assist
the Division in carrying out its
Pastor George Alexander at a Plymouth Police town meeting.
From left to right, Ag Inspector Juliet Leander, Ag Senior Superintendent of Police Garfield Moore, Ag Superintendent of Police Vernon Roberts.
...seek legal redress
ACP tells villagers
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