It is worthy of noting that the last two murders in Trinidad and Tobago came as a result of stabbings in robberies where a knife was used as the primary weapon instead of the ubiquitous and easily available gun, leading at least this writer to believe that bandits would rather take the more difficult and dangerous route of staging a holdup with a blade than be caught by law enforcement with a gun.
And while there is no cause for celebrating circumstances that end in death, the situation bears acknowledging and even congratulating the men and women of our law enforcement for creating such a state of unease and even panic among the criminal class.
A couple of years ago, a professor of criminology, a well respected and highly sought after commentator on all issues surrounding crime, stated that in this country criminals labour under the assumption that they will not be caught.
It seems that that assumption has not only changed, the reality of it has as well. Now it appears that, in T&T, to be a bandit places you on the endangered species list as a 'hit' from like minded individuals or loss of life due to confrontation with police seems almost inevitable, and it is safe to say that the conflict has been joined in earnest.
Based on the diminishing crime statistics, the growing successes in the field and the heretofore unexpected positives being spoken and written about law enforcement in this country, one is pressed to say well done to this minister of national security who, despite almost open ridicule from naysayers and a hostile opposition driven media, has done what no other MONS has been able to do in the past twenty or more years, and that is, with scant regard for crime plans and PR posturing has put the required things in place to bring a sense of professionalism among the different arms of law enforcement which, together with the introduction of a real and meaningful Rapid Response Unit and a National Operations Centre that makes the whole thing work, begs the question as to why he wasn't given the position in the first place.
The job is by no means done and one hopes and prays that the same sense of delivery driven service is turned to issues surrounding road use and traffic management as well as white collar crime and corruption, but in the means test of the quality of life of the citizens this is way above passing grade and worthy of special mention. Based on the successes in crime suppression being achieved across the board throughout the country it may not be farfetched to envision a time when home construction would not have to include a budget for wrought iron and burglar proofing.
Now once again the advantage of putting the right person in the right job and that person putting the right plans and policies to work demonstrates how easily this country could not only be managed, but transformed into the paradise on earth it was meant to be.
I say keep up the good work guys, men and women of law enforcement, and while you may never see this broadcast in the media this way, we the people of Trinidad and Tobago see the work that you are doing and acknowledge and appreciate the effort.
Well done indeed...
Phillip Edward Alexander
Social and Political Activist