|Residents praise Snr Supt Abraham |
Friday, August 8 2014
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ACE COP: Snr Supt Johnny Abraham, head of Central Division, who was praised by Freeport residents, speaks with reporters after the police/community me...
DESPITE reports of some police officers being incompetent and inconsiderate, residents of Freeport and environs praised head of Central Division, Snr Supt Johnny Abraham for keeping their communities relatively crime free.
Praise came Abraham’s way at a community meeting on Wednesday night at the St Mary’s Community Centre, Beaucarro Road, Freeport. Abraham who attended the meeting, had earlier on gone to a crime scene in Lime Head Road, Chaguanas where a pensioner was found beaten to death.
Member of Parliament for Couva South Rudy Indarsingh acknowledged the efforts of Abraham and his officers in tackling crime in Central Division. The MP recalled that only last week when he was on his way to a function and saw an accident on the highway, he contacted police who arrived in minutes.
“Mr Abraham is leading the chart when it comes to keeping crime down compared to other parts in TT. I know there are challenges and the criminals have moved up two or three notches above the police in terms of ammunition and whatever they have...but we need to build relationships with communities,” Indarsingh urged.
Three major concerns residents raised were traffic congestion at St Mary’s Junction, loud noises at establishments such as bars and inconsiderate parking. In calling on limers to be considerate to each other, Indarsingh told the meeting he consumes alcoholic beverages, but knows his limitations.
“I am no hypocrite. I take my drinks...I consume alcohol. But I have a sense of responsibility. I socialise and go to bars in my constituency, but if I see a sense of irresponsibly taking place, I speak to the owner,” Indarsingh said.
Responding to the concerns raised by residents, Abraham promised to effectively address all concerns. “Before this week ends, you will see action on your complaints,” Abraham said.
On the issue of crime in Freeport and environs, Abraham added: “ In 2012, from January to June, we had 320 serious crimes including larcenies, sexual offences, break-ins etc in Freeport. For the same period in 2013, we had 107 and for the same period this year, we have 92 serious crimes,” Abraham reported. “So the people must be pleased with the efforts of the police.”
Abraham vowed that under his watch, police in his division would continue to serve the public to ensure a peaceful central Trinidad.
Saying police and the public must work together, Abraham noted: “ We will continue to have meetings in all station districts. This is the first of a series. The second is expected to take place on August 19 at Carapichaima.”