A policeman assigned to the Northern Division Task Force
escaped death when he was shot at by an unknown gunman on
According to acting Snr Supt Rajendranath Maharaj, the officer
(name called) was driving to his home at Morris Avenue,
Arima, at about 10 pm when the lone gunman fired two shots
at his car.
was about 100 feet from his house when the man fired two
shots. The man was standing under a mango tree, waiting
for him, Maharaj said.
And according to the senior cop, this is not the first time
one of his officers has been attacked in such a manner.
is the third time in less than two weeks that one of my
officers has been shot at
the third time. I hope when
the police decide to take action, people dont think
the police are being too hard, he said.
All three officers belong to the Task Force.
Maharaj said many of his officers had received death threats.
receiving threats, but this is a job that has to be done.
We have to step up and deal with it, he said.
In recent times, police officers have found themselves on
the receiving end of attacks, as they have now become the
focus of criminal entities.
There has been a call by the Police Service Social and Welfare
Association president Emrol Bruce for police officers to
be allowed to take their firearms home to protect themselves
and their families.
He said for a police officer, a firearm was an entitlement.
Commenting on this, Maharaj said only those on the frontline
should be allowed to carry firearms.
all of them should carry guns... only those who come face
to face with the criminals on a daily basis, he said.
Asked whether police officers were beginning to fear for
their safety and were considering leaving the service, Maharaj
said he could not say.
these officers give up and leave, then we will be in trouble.
I am not afraid of death and I cannot give up and run
where? he asked.
we give up then the criminals will feel they have the upper
hand, that they are winning.
Maharaj said police officers might be coming under fire
because they are stepping up on crime.
is why they (criminals) are retaliating. Serious crime (in
the Northern Division) is down by 45 per cent. We are doing
our jobs, he said.
Maharaj said his officers had been advised to exercise extreme
caution and to be alert at all times.
On the latest shooting, Maharaj said there were no leads
at this time, but detectives were working assiduously on