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Letter: Failure of national security in Trinidad and Tobago
Published on June 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

With crime spiraling out of control and citizen polls in the media stating crime is the most important issue facing our nation, there has been no sustainable intervention to date to eradicate crime by the current UNC government. The UNC PP government election manifesto promise of crime reduction in 120 days has been broken.

The murder toll to date stands at 186. The latest murders in the space of 24 hours of a teenager and his 9-year-old brother in front of their mother, and another teenager returning from a sports day have added to the unacceptable murder toll.

This vicious crime wave has affected all areas of our nation. Even in our schools, churches and at community events, crime has taken over. One church leader has advised since we do not look to “cracked cisterns” for water, therefore looking to the government for crime eradication would be useless. To whom must citizens seek security?

The commissioner of police has recently assured the nation that crime initiatives are working, while the ministry of national security has images showing a “false reduction” in crime statistics since it is merely compared to statistics of seven years ago. The current statistics indicate an unacceptable increase in crimes and murders, therefore citizens are not reassured. The minister of national security insists in the face of evidence to the contrary that crime is under control. It is not...186 murders to June 1, 2014!

An urgent frontal attack is required on crime by the national security ministry immediately. Ongoing investigations must be improved; few have led to prompt arrest actions. The national security expected by citizens from the UNC government is not delivered to date. The government has shown no robust efforts to improve the level of security, and people have lost hope. Police must partner with communities and all stakeholders to develop strategies to frontally attack crime.

There are no pre-emptive actions of the police and security forces to fearlessly confront crime activity, and promptly intervene. The commissioner of police must ensure that a well motivated police service partners with the communities and the business sector to prevent crime. The retrieval of guns, ammunition and apprehension of criminal elements will then have a positive impact of the quality of national security which is now at an all time low.

The citizens must be convinced that the Police Service is up to the task and well trained to intervene to stop this murder mayhem and madness that has engulfed our nation. Our borders remain unsecured, the weapons and elements operate with impunity, while the nation cowers in fear of the next murder as criminals rule the land. The UNC government remains silent… as the toll increases.

Trinidad and Tobago cannot accept 186 murders in 151 days! The 120 days UNC crime plan and the UNC government have failed. Crime is out of control in Trinidad and Tobago. The citizens cannot allow this to continue.

NiLeung Hypolite
Member of Parliament for Laventille West
 
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Comments:

Henry Harper:

You haven't said anything that the population does not know, Mr. Hypolite. Now that you have regained your focus on this vital issue I hope that you will be better positioned to offer a sustainable solution.

JENNIFER YEARWOOD:

G.I.G.O. IS PROBLEM #1...ETHNICITY/PARITY, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, CANt BE FOCAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS....MALVO WAS OUTED BY A COP WITH HIS PH D IN CRIMINOLOGY AND HIS PH D IN PSYCHOLOGY...NOT A BATHROOM SCALE OR TAPE MEASURE....POLICING CANNOT BE A DEFAULT CHOICE IF JOBLESS OR UNEMPLOYABLE...IE A ''WWUK''


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