The TT Police Service seems to be incapable of handling crime, according to retired Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham who lamented that criminals and gangs are running T&T.
He was at the time speaking with Guardian Media on Tuesday at a crime awareness seminar hosted by Ryan Rampersad, Chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC.
Abraham said the leadership within the police service is not what it should be.
He said, "Everything in a total mess and chaos, like nobody in authority, where the police service is concerned, could handle the situation and we have to make a step forward to bring back peace in this country. Right now, the gangs running this country. Police officers are afraid to go out, they don't have the support of the senior officers.
Most of the senior officers not knowledgeable about what to do, how to do and when to do it. They don't lead from the front and when you have a leader from the front you must have followers."
Abraham said although he is retired he is glad to assist.
Chairman Rampersad said Orange Field Hindu School, Waterloo Hindu School, Carapichaima RC School and the Temple in the Sea are three institutions which fell prey to criminals. Rampersad said apart from making calls to the Commissioner of Police and the Minister of National Security to do their work, he created an elite team with decades of experience in the police service.
"We have taken a proactive approach and we would be walking through the schools that were robbed last week, we are going to look at their layout, design and infrastructure and these goodly officers are going to make recommendations to the principals and the various denominational boards as to what changes they can make," he said.