Its 3.30 pm on August 28 on the Valencia stretch,
when all of a sudden unmarked vehicle PBZ1430, heading
towards Arima, starts blowing its horn, flashing its lights
and pushing everybody off the road! How no one was killed
in a head-on accident is a miracle.
Only ten minutes later did a hand come out of a window
and put a blue light on the roof.
Now, I have no problem pulling aside to let the police
do their work but for heavens sake, tell me you
are police! And you wonder why the people of this country
have no respect for the police? Respect is a two-way street,
Did you see the report that over the last five years there
have been 13,400 complaints against the police? Thats
2,680 complaints a year against 6,000 officers or almost
one complaint per two officers!
That is staggering especially when you consider most people
simply dont bother to lodge a complaint.
And get this, of those complaints less than a third, or
3,916, have been resolved and only six per cent or 252
officers were warned and disciplined and only ONE, yes
thats right, just ONE has been dismissed.
Now, let me see which political party is going to include
in its manifesto the proper funding to sort this mess
Which party is going to come clean and declare war on
the 50 per cent of the police force that is generating
these complaints? And remember this is the police force
of 6,000 that makes 5,000 arrests per year or less than
one arrest per officer per year! And they cant even
do that without people lodging a complaint.
My 2020 award goes to Andrew Rodney of Sangre Grande.
Mr Rodney (cell 477-4639; 306-6693) runs the most efficient
tint and sign shop Ive ever seen.
As far as I could see he was the sole employee but he
had at least two jobs on the go at one time. When I tell
you productivity! He was polite, courteous, considerate
He was operating out of a store called Total Inexcess
Ltd run by Bryan Chow488-2042who seemed to
have every conceivable accessory for your car at less
costly prices as other places.
the money went
thought readers might be interested to see which ministry
received the biggest increases from the budget over the
last five-year PNM term of office.
Interestingly, the ministry that everybody has the most
complaints about, Ministry of National Security, which
includes the Police, was number 17 in the pecking order.
When you see the increase was just over double at 215
per cent, and bearing in mind inflation has eroded most
of that, you realise the Prime Minister may have been
speaking with forked tongue when he said crime
is the governments highest priority.
Incidentally, if you are staggered at the increase in
the funding for the Ministry of Social Development, which
came in first place, of its allocation of $2 billion,
some 93 per cent or $1.94 billion goes in "Transfers
and Subsides. Of that, at least $1 billion is just a transfer
from the Prime Ministers office so thats not
a real increase.
But dont feel sorry for him. He still managed to
increase his allocation as Minister of Finance from $2.3
billion to $8 billion; an increase of at least 50 per
cent more than crime fighting got. Actions speak louder
Just a thought