Comments: I have for several months got the impression that the police here have become a law unto themselves. My observation has been reinforced by recent happenings within the police system. The first was the road block set up by the police a while back when they demanded a pay rise. Then there was the election of Inspector Seales whilst waiting to appear in court on a charge, then the recent three months leave granted to Mr Williams, when the Prime Minister is only allowed one month. Now the temporary appointment of a policeman with black clouds hanging over his head, to stand in for Mr Williams. What next. The politicians may as well declare the country a police state and be done with it, as it would now appear that the politicians have no say whatsoever in what the police want to do or is doing.
Title: Attitudes towards our local police officers
Comments: Complaining that the police officers are not doing their jobs properly in being unfair. Whilst I agree that we have many rogue policemen in the force some at the senior level of the force are considered corrupt.and set bad examples which reflect the attitudes and morals of those in the lower ranks. We must bear in mind that there are many police officers who still are honest and are responsible in their approach to undertaking their duty with some pride. The other important factor which we must bear in mind, and we must consider is the fact that where police officers fail to carry out their duties in a proper and effective manner that this could in most case be a lack of leadership, lack of proper training and the personal attitudes of their superiors. Another factor is the among of crimes being committed on a daily basis here which causes acute stress on young and inexperienced officers.Tarring all police officers with the same brush is wrong.
Comments: There is no other proof that is needed to demonstrate that we are promoting criminals within our police system in the light of the following. We have now three policemen holding senior positions within TTPS about to face the local courts on charges of lawlessness. Then we also have a well known notorious ex-policeman who have been making a mockery of our legal system for decades after his failed attempt of an attempted coup in 1990 and who leads a brigade of now recognized terrorist also facing charges of lawlessness. Bearing in mind that these are the only ones actually caught in the process of breaking the law, one has to ask the question of how many more of such criminal minded police do exist in our police system. It is no wonder that sensible and decent citizens of this nation is struggling to find the courage to trust, respect and assist our police.
Comments: With reference to the letter in today's issue of the Express indicating that the police needs a big boost. I beg to differ on this issue.What the police needs is complete reformation. The whole of the police hierarchy needs replacing and so too does the commissioner of police. We can no longer rely on born and bred policemen here to protect the interest of the ordinary citizens. Not only that, many of our policemen are straying over to the criminal bandwagon and are breaking the law and becoming full time criminals.On the other hand many still portray a colonial mentality of protecting only those in authority,the elite,the well off and the corrupt rich. The local police are not stemming the flow of crime and general lawlessness. They have in fact adopted the same laid back attitudes of most of our senior politicians, and have too shown signs of deceitfulness and dabbling in corruption. They have become a law onto themselves and are allowed to do exactly as they pleases.They have in fact, now become part and parcel of our crime scenario,and perhaps unconsciously helping in the increase of more crimes here.They are not respected or supported by the general public.