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We living in fear

By MIRANDA LA ROSE Friday, February 22 2013

CHAIRMAN of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Professor Ramesh Deosaran yesterday said that society is living in fear as violent crimes such as murders and shootings are rapidly becoming the norm.

“It is really frightening to the public. The way it is happening...drive-by shootings, random murders, people liming in bars drinking beers and suddenly three or four of them get wiped out, heads getting chopped off, bodies floating in rivers.

“These are new dimensions of criminality which tell us there is a lot of organisation seemingly behind such serious crimes,” stated Deosaran.

Deosaran, who is also a Professor of Criminology, said the new dimension to crime, demands a higher level of intelligence from police and detection and less levels of politics in terms of crime fighting policies. “Crime fighting should be free of any undue prejudicial political influence,” Deosaran said.

“The police have a serious challenge ahead and I hope they are allowed to do their work properly, fairly and fearlessly,” Deosaran said, adding that police must re-engineer some things on their own part.

Asked what he meant by this, Prof Deosaran did not elaborate. He said commissioners in the PSC, just like ordinary citizens, are very concerned about the serious crime rate. Between Monday and yesterday, ten murders were committed.

Commenting on the gruesomeness of some of the recent murders, where in one case, a man’s decapitated head was left on a table at a bar in south Trinidad, Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) Stephen Williams said: “All murders are gruesome.”

“We have had persons’ heads being cut off in the recent past and in the distant past. We have always had gruesome crimes in Trinidad and Tobago,” Williams said yesterday. Speaking after a meeting with the PSC at the commission’s new offices in Pasea Road, Tunapuna, Williams said that while the TT Police Service would like to eliminate all forms of crime, “this is an impossibility.”

He said the realistic goal is to reduce crime to a level that society can live with and reduce citizens’ fear and trepidation. The police, he said, is doing all it can from a policing perspective. Noting that crime carries a social dimension, Williams said this issue must be addressed by all citizens.

Citizens, he urged, must go beyond that fear factor and acknowledge that they must play a part in fighting crime by way of interacting with police even if this means making an anonymous call to lawmen.

He said the police is looking to maximise the use of CCTVs for crime prevention and detection purposes.

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