Wednesday 4th May, 2008

 

Paul tells newly-promoted cops:

Attack crime with vengeance

 
 
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Homicide detective Michael Veronique, left, receives his instrument of appointment from outgoing Police Commissioner Trevor Paul at yesterday’s promotion ceremony. Photo: Shirley Bahadur

“With this in mind, I urge all of you to attack this phenomenon with vengeance, but you must do so within the framework of the laws of T&T.”

—Outgoing Police Commissioner Trevor Paul, speaking yesterday at the promotion ceremony for 265 new police sergeants.GEISHA KOWLESSAR

The country is witnessing an evil crime wave.

The statement was made yesterday by outgoing Police Commissioner Trevor Paul, during the promotion ceremony of 263 police officers who were elevated to the rank of sergeants.

The function was held at the Conference Room at Police Headquarters, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain

Some 37 women were among those who were promoted.

“The country is witnessing an unprecedented, and in some instances, an evil crime wave...Young children and women have not been spared,” Paul said.

Paul urged the newly-promoted officers to “attack the crime phenomenon.”

“With this in mind, I urge all of you to attack this phenomenon with vengeance, but you must do so within the framework of the laws of T&T,” Paul said.

The top cop said the all-out launch on criminal elements had become especially important, as blame had been continuously levelled against the Police Service for the country’s crime wave.

Paul said it was a societal problem.

“Crime, and the fear that accompanies it, in any part of the world is a major societal problem requiring extensive social interventions,” he said.

Paul said the preservation of integrity was vital to carrying out the duties of a police officer, and urged that lawmen maintain a cordial relationship with the public.

“Being honest, preserving, doing your best and treating others well is just as significant,” he said.

Among the newly-promoted sergeants were Roger Alexander, head of the North Eastern Divisional Task Force, Michael Veronique of the Homicide Bureau and Anthony Harford, of the Western Division.

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