Title: Mr Williams [words to the media]
Comments: [In my opinion] Mr Williams [is not being realistic about crime in T&T]. [He is] a thorn in the flesh of those who are trying to fight crime here. He has now become a problem and is part and parcel of those aiding and abetting the criminals who obviously believe that they are not really causing any harm to the nation. He has been allowed yet again to paint a false picture of our crime scenario.. How on earth he has the audacity to say the things he has alleged to have said in this article [..]. He has acquired the technique and skills of [..] praising himself and his officers is taking things too far.. Our police do not deserve any praise as the crime situation has not improved. Just calculating the amount of crimes reported here on a daily basis by the media reveal the true state of what is really going on with regards to all types of criminal activities. His statement is clearly another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of our vulnerable citizens. Crime is still rampant as ever. The murder rate has surpassed that of 2014. Kidnappings are again at a galloping pace,but is now no longer reported or reflected in the police stats. The police has cleverly reclassified this crime ,and the impression now given is that this alteration to the rules on reporting kidnappings must have been approved by our politicians. This has never been done in any other part of the world and has been done here deliberately in order to hide its effect on recorded crime thereby giving a false picture of our local crime scenario. Moreover, investigations into serious criminal matters are being purposely delayed and are gradually taken off the books and swept under the carpet one by one. The long and short of it all is that our politicians have allowed the police and those in its administrative system to become a law onto themselves at the expense of the ordinary citizens. The politicians and their wealthy corrupt associates are protected by our police,and therefore turn a blind eye to in roads made by the police hierarchy and its administrative body into having a say that adversely affects certain aspects of the governance and the security of the ordinary citizens of this nation.
Pain is inevitable but misery is optional. --Barbara Johnson
Comments: I see that despite Mr Williams announcement last year to keep the murder rate below 403 he has failed. By the way what about kidnappings eh? No mention of these crimes have been made by Mr Williams. Oh I forgot it is now reclassified a an acceptable serious crime and is only recorded if someone let the cat out of the bag, at the risk of the victim being murdered. In my opinion aiding and abetting the hiding of kidnappings is not helping the crime situation here. It only helps to give a false sense of security. By the way not until Abu Bakr is punished for his act of treason in 1990 will there be any let up in murders and serious crimes here by Afro / Trinidadians. His freedom and apparently later successful tactics in avoiding being punishment for other alleged criminal acts has embedded the belief in Afro / Trinidadians that crime pays here if you are black.
Permanent army bases in high crime areas, why is this so hard to accomplish? They do it for a few weeks and the stop, why?
Comments: It looks like all those loose murderers have left the island or have decided to give it a rest. Perhaps too ,one of those regular and persistent killers have been put to rest. I hope I haven't spoken too soon. With no murders reported in the last few days we probably could have a low rate of recorded murders for February thus leading to a fall throughout the following months ending up with a record annual low rate of murders which will be great.
Title: The police have failed to stem the murder rate
Comments: The random murders of ordinary civilians have become an everyday event here .The way things are going sooner or later almost all families will have some relative of theirs slaughtered by these killers on the loose on this island. Local killers have become more bold faced and callous and now show no remorse as reported in the Guardian this morning re the killings in Laventille. One of my relatives was murdered in a random manner by one of these madmen three years ago. The politicians have so far failed to take the draconian measures needed to stop these killings.and have allowed the police to have the final say in how our police should be administered which have so far proven ineffective and fiiutless. Moreover we now have no deterrent to stop these killers.mainly because of in fighting between our political parties who fail to see eye to eye on this matter. The reinstatement of the death penalty is urgently needed in order to deter the the killing spree that now exist.Politicians here too must stop trying to conform to the requirements of the human rights authority and face the reality of our local predicament. With such a small land mass of 60x40 miles and a small population an efficient and effective reasonable sized police force should be able to stem the flow of our annual murder rate Our police have over the last 50 years have made no impact in stemming the flow of this evil crime on this island. This is despite what the police hierarchy may say ,This is clearly evident by the consistent annual rate of murders. We need urgent experienced outside help without the intervention of biased politicians and other officials who act as obstacles and are contented to leave things as they are in order to satisfy the interest of themselves and the their corrupt associates. We also now kidnappings, another serious crime which is out of control.. This crime has surpassed corruption in the rank of acceptability as it is no longer even recorded by the police.The future looks bleak for citizens and the fear that me or you could be next on the slab at the mortuary is no longer a possibility but has now become a high probability.
Title: GENERAL SITUATIO LEADING TO LAWLESSNESS
Comments: In my opinion where politicians are concerned there are too many, ifs,buts, and maybes, and important and essential things that should have been done years ago are still being talked about. Some politicians are eager to gain honourable merit by trying to emulate the development of advanced countries by satisfying the Civil Rights movement without facing the realities of serious lawlessness here,which has amounted to our citizens living in fear if their lives. They certainly appear to be in a rush to achieve what is obviously impossible.
Moreover they have become experts at offering lip service where our uinternal crime and other problems are concerned. They kep failing to come up withany meaningful or constructive solutions. The country appear to be now run in a Mafia style manner .The impression given is that our politicians are merely tokens of a make belief democracy but like the police are under the thumbs of the Mr Bigs and the masterminds of local corruption. It would now appear that wherever you turn on this island there is a smell of corruption .Not only it is noticeable among our politicians and the police. It seems to be every where including the municipal departments,the civil service, the education department, the licensing office, the customs an excise ,the taxation office, our sporting associations, the justice system and the banking sector. This is evident by the various inquiries and probe that are from time to time made into these facets of our administration…
There is a clear indication that country is corrupt to its core. This nation is in a complete mess. We have a constant high annual murder rate of murders ,with hundreds of loose killers roaming the island taking pot shots at anyone for the joy of it, which they treated as a habitual hobby. There is the expansion of all types of crimes here. The police appear to become a law onto themselves ,or decided that our crime scenario is too high a mountain to climb without additional manpower.and have given up ,and are now doing their best to forget about certain types of crime by classifying them as acceptable such as kidnappings,and corruption. ..In fact crime has now become a big money spinner and even our TV entertainment is rampant with heroics by local police in' beyond the tape 'with some senior policemen presenting themselves as leading 'Rambo' styled Hollywood movie stars.
We have a corrupt judiciary system,assisted by greedy lawyers who are not interested in the reasons why they became lawyers but by bending the provisions of the oath act associated with our legislation are mainly interested in defending the high ranking criminals provided the price is right .
We have a nation strangling itself by hidden racism and a high degree of bigotry and a racially divide in our political approach to internal matters.There is no legislation to enhance racial integration or race relations .We have no effective deterrent to stem the daily slaughter of our innocent citizens and our representative and our security protectors are quite contented with things as they are. We have politicians stabbing each other in the back.
School children already engaged in serious criminal acts and are being groomed as potential criminals.We have people of status in positions of authority hell bent on milking the Treasury of public funds. We have now a majority of ordinary citizens seeking any lawless method to become rich overnight thus following the examples set by our rich and wealthy citizens.We are getting no where as a nation.
We are simply going around in circles .As an independent nation we are far worse off than when we were under colonial rule,when we had around two or three murders annually and a very limited amount of crimes and no registered.lawlessness. If this country could disappear under water by pulling a plug I would say pull the plug now.
Title: Opposition suggestion on the prevention of crime
Comments: It is not surprising that the opposition has called on the PNM to facilitate a local or regional consultation on crime and use citizens suggestions in addressing our problem. This is a good idea and something the PNM has never contemplated in all their years in power. Well it was under the governance of the PNM that all this local crime took off on this island. Prior to our independence there were probably around three or four murders per year.No one remembered the word lawlessness being used here to described any of our citizens.Crime was minimal,and we had very few policemen. Citizens could walk through Laventille or anywhere on this island at any hour of the night without hindrance.Then the PNM came to power and gradually all that changed .Corruption was born here,so was an increase in petty crime .The rate of daily murders and kidnappings escalated and have continued so up to the present time showing a small decline only when the PNM is not in control,of our politics. .The PNM has held the political rein in this country for over 45 years and during every spell of their political power crime increases.Not only that ,the techniques and method of old crimes are modified and new ones appear and is becoming noticeable by our citizens. Now things are very bad .Over the past five decades this nation has become a haven for all types of crimes and criminals from drug and gun smugglers ,people trafficking to widespread importation of prostitutes known as 'working girls'. We specialist in corruption ,producing world renowned masterminds of this CRIMINAL offense. We are now infested with loose murderers and a brigade of protected kidnappers. Some of our local crimes have become so numerous ,such as corruption and kidnappings that they are now being recognized as acceptable.(Just to remind you that there were 98 kidnappings last year however the police only reported 3.). Crime has now become a big money spinner here, The police even make entertainment films shown on local TV called' Beyond the tape,where senior police officers are seen emulating the action of 'RAMBO' that well known TV hero. There is also a tremendous amount of buying of equipment associated with crime such as CCTVs ,police cars and more other new equipment. I even recall some National Security Officer went over the top and bought two armoured military vehicles.I think he had visions of starting World War 3.There have been a multitude of new crime plans .all ending as failure and really had no merit or effectiveness. At one stage we even awarded a wad of dollars to some American so called police expert to tell us what we already knew. I feel certain that there must have been some good 'kick backs' associated with all this financial dealings.It just seems that it was really unnecessary. You see despite all this expensive gear the situation is still the same, and getting worse. No one questioned these mad spending sprees or as to why they have so far proved ineffective.The reason being because criminals here have become an asset to this nation. Now that the PNM is back in the corridors of power we could look forward to more progressive criminal traits from our army of or now established lawless citizens What is most bamboozling is the fact ,that over the last five decades the PNM has made no attempt to change their political doctrine or their belief that they are superior when it come to governing this nation. This is also despite the fact ,that whenever they are in power the criminals revive the expansion of their criminal adventures. Even more astonishing too is the fact, that despite the history of the wrong doings of the PNM its supporters still maintain the motto 'I am PNite till I die.Why?. Are they a separate entity within our nation?
Title: Declaring war on crime
Comments: Too late, too late is the call from Mr Dillon to declare war on crime here I hear them cry. This is like opening the stable when the horse has already bolted. Yes this would be a brilliant idea and may have worked if we did not already have an established brigade of corrupt masterminds of corruption, kidnappers, policemen and politicians, accompanied by a corrupt judiciary here, that was created after our independence by greedy politicians. The fact that those of status committing serious crimes here are protected and are allowed to walk free sends a clear message to the ordinary citizens that crime pays well here. The fact that there is no death penalty and hardly any real enforcement of law and order together with an abundance of lawlessness which is now also noticeable among school children makes this nation a haven for criminals. Anyway I believe this kind of request has been made before and had no takers .It is merely a repeated cry for help from a Minister who have run out of solution. The most glaring problem is that the police have failed to apprehend many murderers and now we have hundreds of killers roaming around searching for innocent citizens to slaughter. .There is also just too much protection and turning of a blind eye both by politicians and the police to crimes committed by those of status and wealth of this country.
[..] The heart of the matter is that we have very few honest citizens of status here who are helpless to do anything effective about our crime scenario. There are just too many Mr Bigs acting as obstacles in their way preventing them from making any real attempt to solve our crime problems. This bring to mind the well organised and planned scheme by certain well know so called responsible citizens here,to get the rid of Mr Gibbs and his deputy. Yes we have among us a sort of Mafia mob who are quite prepared to do anything to maintain our underhand processes and procedures of deceit which has been assisting the destruction of the fabric of this nation. We have now only two choices ,accept the situation as it is and carrying on living in fear of our lives ,whilst also accepting that we are a totally corrupt nation,or summons outside help on a grand scale like it or not.