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The United States Embassy is working with lo-
cal law enforcement agencies to assist in finding
a solution to the escalating crime in this country.
This was revealed on Monday during a courtesy
call on San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello at City Hall
by US Embassy officials, including Colonel Claudia
Carrizales, chief military liaison officer, Timothy
Swanson, chief consular liaison to south Trinidad
and assistant public relations officer, Michael Bar-
rera Swanson. The purpose of their visit was to learn
more of how the embassy could build cooperation
with San Fernando.
Carrizales said: "My primary role here is to sup-
port the embassy and T&T's mutual objectives. We
do various things targeting building capacities and
capabilities anywhere from security to education,
to engineering and support assisting, humanitarian
assistance and response. What many people don't
realise is the military also has a large hold in com-
munity outreach programmes.
"The US Government is very interested in sup-
porting the T&T Government when it comes to all
things targeting juvenile delinquency. We understand
that that is a revolving door and an issue that needs
to be address because it impact several other things."
Expressing an interest in partnering with San Fer-
nando, she said the military was interested in edu-
cation and building response capability for the San
Fernando community so in the event of floods that
San Fernando is prepared.
"We look for opportunity to partner in the area of
security and the local military. Our intent is to have
a more persistence presence here with the police and
Carrizales said their main message to the youth is
"be the change you want to be."
"We want to see that the youth of today is not looking
at this as what normal is. The violent crime, what they
perceive as the lack of opportunities, we do not want
them to say 'hey this is normal life'. So what we are
pushing, we are working with the police, T&T Defence
Force, to look at those target communities which are
suffering from high violence, high crime and ask the
community, you need to be the change you want to see.
She said they are working with the Government
to bring awareness that the problems that reside in
T&T is everyone's problem. "What we are hoping to
do is bring the whole community as a solution and
not just have the community rely on the leadership
of government. So be the change you want to see and
what is your role to fix the crime."
The mayor said their visit "carries tremendous op-
portunities," adding: "We will be looking for opportu-
nity for young persons, students who want to look at
opportunities to go abroad, expand their education."
Barrera added, "We are not the US Embassy of Port-
of-Spain, we are the US Embassy of T&T." He said
this was not going to be an one-off meeting, but a
Colonel Claudia Carrizales, chief military liaison officer, left, San Fernando Mayor
Junior Regrello, Timothy Swanson, consular chief at the US Embassy and Michael
Barrera, assistant public affairs officer at the US Embassy, speak with members
of the media after a meeting at City Hall San Fernando, on Monday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
US officials work with local lawmen to solve crime
KINGSTOWN---Caribbean voters must stay clear
of "political opportunists", a leading University
of the West Indies (UWI) political scientist has
Dr Tennyson Joseph, who heads the Department of
Government, Sociology and Social Work at the UWI,
Cave Hill Campus, is concerned that while Caribbean
citizens are looking for change because of the failure
of traditional politicians, they could be setting them-
selves up for further disappointment.
Delivering a lecture under the theme Any Cook
Can Govern: Plato, Donald Trump and the rise of
Caribbean Businessmen Politicians in Kingstown,
St Vincent, Dr Joseph took particular issue with the
entry of businessmen into the political arena.
"There is much evidence in the politics of the USA,
the Caribbean and elsewhere that the election of per-
sons with business experience, and the election of
persons who fail to understand that political lead-
ership requires a specific nobility of character, has
compounded, rather than resolved the challenges of
governance or development. It is clear that not any
cook can govern," he argued.
He argued that what the region really needed was
a "professional politician"
"A professional politician is one who makes politics
his profession. It is not a part-time job; it is not some-
thing you do as an offshoot. A politician is somebody
who is involved in public life," Dr Joseph said.
Dr Joseph insisted that the true politician must have
a deep love for leadership.
UWI lecturer tells
Be wary of political
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