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‘See something say something’
The watchword in USA towards the fight of crime is “See something say something,” that is, give the agencies that fight crime the information.
We in T&T have adopted the opposite, “See something say nothing”; blame the government, Kamla and the police. This is said daily more so after the dreaded word, murder, and can be seen via electronic and print news and social media.
The question is asked, who are the victims and perpetrators of murders in this country, or any other, the people, right? Who are most likely to see the commission of the crime or any other infringement of the law?
The people, am I right? Who harbour criminals from being arrested—the people. So who is to be blamed for the low detection rate and the escalating murder rate? In every community in T&T the people know who the drug dealers and gunmen are for it is displayed before their very eyes.
When the public assists the police with information, that is tantamount to giving them food. No information (or food) the police will starve. Simple language. I do agree that there are bad eggs within the Police Service and they ought to be weeded out, but who encourages the corrupt officers and protects them by not making reports to the agencies? You, John Public.
I was told by a primary school teacher that there are delinquent students whose parents are failing in giving the children proper parental guidance. These children are seen to be heading fast down the road of trouble and their role models are the gang leaders. Where are the Schools Guidance Councillors; where are the communities who protect and rear these children?
Mr and Mrs Citizen, stop the blame game of accusing the Government and the police for your failures and adopt the motto: “See Something Say Something”. 2018 is eleven days old and the murder rate is twice that figure.
I am begging the nation, stop gossiping and talk to the relevant authorities.
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