Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Letter: Waste of our hand earned money

Crime has plagued our nation for many years despite successive governments.

We the tax payers invest so much money into the training of soldiers as they are trained for external war. But we need to ask ourselves the question, “When last has Trinidad called upon the army to defend the nation in combat?"

It is a waste of our hard earn money to watch the army officials, who are strong and robust, just sit around while our country is being held at ransom by criminals.

Our Police officers are fighting hard to curb crime, but if the Miscellaneous Provisions (Defense and Police Complaints) Bill 2013, is passed this would better able the Police Force in that they would now have the crime fighting support of the soldiers, which would address the manpower shortage in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Desperate times call for extreme measures, so my fellow citizens, instead of damming the Bill, and being fearful of the army, we should be interested in the successful that may result in our battle against those gun-toting criminals.

People are misinformed, that is why they are fearful of the soldiers being on a rampage for a vengeance, which is not what the Bill allows for. 

Instead, the Bill gives soldiers the power to go on joint patrols only when accompanied by police officers. So for example a group of soldiers cannot simply go out on the streets on their own and arrest, and seize innocent people without police.

If we are serious about fighting crime in Trinidad and Tobago, then we must show deep and genuine concern for such. Politicising this issue and Bill will get us nowhere. We have glimpsed recently where in the month of March the number of murders decreased significantly from 45 to 16 with the help of the joint patrols.

If this isn’t evidence of success then I don’t know what is.
C.Figaro | Arouca

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Jai & Sero

Jai & Sero

Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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