|Mission Road tell cops of crime woes |
Thursday, February 9 2017
THE ABUSE of power by police officers, flourishing drug dens within comminutes and a lack of police presence were among many issues raised by frustrated residents of Mission Road, Freeport during a Police Town Meeting on Monday evening.
The meeting was held in collaboration with the Caroni Central Member of Parliament Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie at the Reesal Hardware on Mission Road.
Over 300 residents attended the meeting to air their concerns.
A resident who identified himself as a religious leader told police officers criminals no longer had respect for religious institutions.
He recalled recently that his church in Freeport was broken into and electronic equipment stolen.
This matter is still being investigated.
Other residents said they are concerned with the abuse of power by police and a lack of police presence in the area.
One resident said police officers most often do not respond in a timely manner to reports.
“Drug dens are flourishing in residential communities,” another said.
The meeting was attended by senior officers including DCP Deodath Dulalchan, ACP Surajdeen Persad, Snr Supt Kenny McIntyre, Supts Richard Corbett and Michael Jackman.
The officers told residents that their support is critical in the fight against crime.
Dulalchan vowed to work with MP Tewarie in keeping the criminal elements out of the district and restoring peace. He also said there would be an increase in patrols across the neighborhood and officers will also investigate claims of drug dens in the area.
Tewarie told residents not to be afraid to speak out. “Say what you need to say and let us find a way of moving forward from there,” the MP said. “I want to remind the DCP and his team of the 12 plus murders that we have had over the last year in Caroni Central...
something that was unheard of in a place like this,” Tewarie said.
“We need to team up to find solutions to this spreading plague of robberies, violence and murders.
Let’s start with the criminal enclaves within, then the criminals who migrate here to plunder and exploit,” Tewarie advised.