to link patrol police to command centre
we look at any graphs this week, here are a few other
matters to think about.
Police in denial
Last week I devoted my whole article to the fact that
the Police in T&T are in denial that dealing with
crime is their responsibility. I had lots of feedback
from readers and my thanks to all of you.
Where on the T&T Police Web site are the facts and
figures for our country by crime and by area? Go to http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/output/Page1.asp
and you can see not only whether crime is rising or falling
in the UK as a whole, but the current situation in your
In Atlanta Police work with the community to fight crime
by putting electronic billboards at critical locations
in the city and outskirts. Victims or witnesses of a crime
call the normal number 911 and within seconds information
is flashed on these boards that provides information on
the description of the assailants or the car so that motorists
or even pedestrians can be alerted.
Vehicle info retrieval
I hear a whisper that the Motor Vehicle Licensing Office
database is still not linked to the Police Command centre.
I cant believe this is so.
Dont our police cars have built in monitors yet
so officers on patrol can instantly see if a vehicle is
stolen, etc? We have been seeing this technology on television
for years and years. Dont tell me we still havent
implemented it here yet.
Have you noticed the trend over the last ten years or
so to make tax payers pay twice for information from the
The latest one I have come across is the Bureau of Standards.
Through our taxes we pay the bureau to develop standards
and then, instead of putting them up on its Web site,
where we can easily access them, they keep them locked
away and want to sell them to us!
Isnt that incredible. Here we are talking about
2020, which involves lifting the standards of everything
we do in this country, and the organisation charged with
standards is deliberately failing to use the most modern
and cheapest way of distributing them.
How many housewives, how many school teachers, how many
ordinary folks have the money or the time to go to the
bureau to buy a standard they are interested in.
I have written the CEO Prem Nandlal on the topic several
times and received no reply. Its the old Trini bureaucratic
device of If you ignore them long enough they will
go away. Not very 2020 Prem.
Its not just the bureau that has data they wont
share with the people who paid for it. Go to www.universalmap.com
for incredibly detailed street maps of US towns and cities.
Why cant the T&T Government do this?
Go to Yahoo.com, click on Maps, choose your
town and then select Traffic and hey presto
there are accidents and traffic works clearly marked.
We dont even have a street map of Port-of-Spain,
our capital city, online.
Traffic signal madness
I defy anyone to tell me that the traffic lights on Wrightson
Road are synchronised. There are only a handful. So why
cant you drive through them all at 30 mph once you
get a green?
Imagine Miami, which has nearly 3,000 sets of traffic
signals, has had over 2,000 of them synchronised since
1978! And we want to be the headquarters for the Free
Trade Area of the Americas? We joke of course.
My first 2020 award this week goes to Cara Suites, which
has WiFi Internet Access not only for people staying there
but also for restaurant and bar patrons and conference
and banquet clients. So if you are just enjoying a meal
or taking a drink you can access the Internet. Well done
My second 2020 award goes to T&TEC for its excellent
advertisement in the Guardian of June 15 showing the diversion
to traffic in the Montrose Junction area. Very clear diagram
using colours to indicate traffic movements.
They deserve congratulations as well for stating they
were not only improving the reliability of the supply
in the area but, to use their words, they will Enhance
general environmental aesthetics. This last item
is most welcome as by and large T&TEC and TSTT have
ruined the beauty of our towns and residential areas with
their ugly utilities.
My last 2020 Award goes to the father of the young Pleasantville
man who had the stones to ask Magistrate
Adrian Darmanie to send his son to Youth Training Centre
as he was out of control.
The 16-year-old boy was caught stealing a cell phone from
a store on High Street, San Fernando. That father, instead
of looking the other way, and letting his son get into
a life of crime, did the courageous thing and asked the
police to help him.
Most parents would fail their children by not asking for
help. The end result would be another youth lost to the
drug wars and killed in a alley one night.
Just a thought.