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Protect yourself and your communities

Published: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017

The major crime news at the forefront of the electronic and print media are the murders of Prisons Officers and their request for political asylum in Canada. It is claimed that these hits are coming from within the prison walls and our Prison Officers are lame ducks awaiting death. The statement by the Prison Officers Association to the Attorney General is to make laws to protect their membership. If not, on to Canada.

Now in every community in T&T there are at least 20 members of the protective services. The Housing Development Corporation has a mandate of a 10-20 per cent allocation for members of the protective services. So, do you, the citizenry, feel comfortable and protected by the presence of members of the police, defence force, prisons and fire offices as neighbours in these communities, in the time of need or otherwise?

Note, every Prisons Officer lives with his prisoner 24/7; they know the prisoners’ relatives, friends and criminal associates. The Prisons Officer knows the prisoner’s charge sheet, his state of mind and his possibility/probability of committing heinous crimes, for they all live together behind these walls. But what does the Prisons Officer do with that info? Nothing.

Every police officer in these communities is either the schoolmate of a suspect, or he knows the drug dealer, the gunman, the human trafficker, you name it. But he/she suppresses the info. From experience, they keep away, saying “dey doh want their names calling.” So police do not trust their own police brother/sister.

Criminals are then left to play themselves in front of their protective services. Things are so chubby some of these delinquent officers get involved in the crime trade too, by assisting their criminal batch. Then, when father time hits home, we marching and playing dumb.

Within these organisations there are good and bad officers and no one can wish death upon anyone else. Let’s fix and do the job for the satisfaction of ourselves first, so that others may live safe in their communities.

ATHELSTON CLINTON,
ARIMA