When Trinidad and Tobago police raided the new St. Joseph Police Station and found guns, ammo, and drugs stashed away in the ceiling the price of a Blackberry ran through my mind. How would a Police Officer ever be able to afford a Blackberry for his girlfriend, especially if his wife is monitoring his paycheck and the sex is good? Then someone pointed out ceiling contactors sometimes leave their stuff behind and usually can’t remember which ceiling they left their guns and weed.
This latest find by the Police is an attempt to clean up the Service and must be commended. Or should it be? This raid at the St. Joseph Police station may not be what it appears and may be a fight for turf among rival gun-renting police gangs. What this raid does for public confidence in the Service is to destroy confidence even further because for every police gang uncovered Mr. Public feels there are twenty more undiscovered.
I feel sorry for Martin Joseph because the tools he has to work with are as defective as the PM kindness genes. Nobody is safe in Trinidad and Tobago since the agency that is responsible for maintaining law and order is showing the public a face which says we are corrupt to the bone. The Service even tried to hit the PM, according to the PM. Two Chinese nationals working at a Casino in Port of Spain were brutally beaten with a crowbar by a gang of men who will probably never be arrested because crime detection is not part of police culture and all Trinis look the same to the investigators. The bloodied Chinese men were shown on TV and it depicted the future of our country. The public is beginning to feel The space suit men and women seen at various crime scenes on the news as Seven are there for show since they too are, no doubt, part of the illustrious Protect and Serve Gang of Thieves.
I am not being unfair and I expressing typical public outrage and hopelessness over the crime situation. Sure, there are good police officers but do you know who they are? I don’t. Just as I waited for the Blimp to keep crime at bay, I am and now more that hopeful the interceptor boats and helicopters will protect us in the future. But this will only happen if the Service is run by the Calder Hart. Another apartment in Miami will be a small price to pay to a patriotic CEO who has the ability to love the PM more than Rowley can. Do Mr. Hart and other patriotic businessmen who drain the Country’s foreign exchange to buy their real homes in Miami not know they are helping devalue our dollar? Do they not see this as also a crime?