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Crime fight must start with ourselves and our communities

Published: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

“Dwayne Gibbs, can you rid T&T of crime?” “I will wave my magic wand and poof, it will be gone?” “Great, then you have the job.” Apparently Trinis think this is the conversation that took place between  Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Gibbs for the post of Commissioner of Police. While listening to a morning programme on television, the question directed pertained to the population’s satisfaction with Gibbs’ performance. Of course, many expressed discontent.

While we are all weary about the escalation of crime, we cannot possibly expect results within a year.
The scourge within the Police Service, the rampant murders, the drug trade, corruption at all levels did not happen overnight, so how can we expect change in such a short period? We also have corruption dating back to the days of O’Halloran, we have police officers who pledge to protect and serve citizens now offering these same services to criminals who can enhance their salaries, we have gangs pillaging and murdering just because they can.

Where are the mothers, the fathers, the family, the fear of God? We need to be reasonable people. Crime cannot and will not be a thing of the past if we continue to blame others for our own shortcomings, if we continue to accept police ineptness as a way of life, if we continue to condone our children’s unruly behaviour and sugar-coat it with “he’s a good chile,” if we let corrupt people go unscathed. Let us start within ourselves and our communities, each one help one. Commissioner Gibbs, I wish you strength of perseverance and that you do not become dissuaded by your detractors.  

I Alexander
Via e-mail

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