Louis B Homer South Bureau
Saturday, February 23rd 2008
Sweeping changes in the system of reporting crimes, identification of police officers and a step up on the prosecution of people committing praedial larceny were some of the changes announced for a revamping of the Police Service by senior officers on Thursday night .
At a meeting held with residents in the Forres Park area, Deputy Commissioner of Police Glen Roach told villagers: "Officers will be wearing name tags during the execution of warrants or while making enquiries."
Roach said it will not be necessary in the future to make reports at police stations in the area where a crime is committed.
"You will now be able to make them at any station and we will ensure that the report is forwarded to the appropriate station," Roach said.
Roach led a team of senior officers to interface with residents on the increase in crime in the area.
The meeting was attended by the parliamentary representative for the area, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, and representatives from the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation.
Among those who made presentations to police officers was a woman who requested anonymity. She told the officers that burglars entered her home, tied her up and took away several valuable items.
After listening to the reports, the officers advised the villagers that the police were aware of the problems they encountered. Roach advised them to "work along with the police and give them the necessary support".
The villagers were also told that there will be an increase in the number of police officers on patrol throughout the country. Officers in police cars have been asked to make periodic stops to talk to villagers.
"They will not be driving through the area alone.
"We have asked them to stop and have friendly chats with villagers," a senior officer at the meeting said.
He said the administration was looking into the establishment of "rural constables" to operate within the community.
Fucking-sweeping-changes my ass. Patrol? Talk to the residents? Yuh cud get robbed in Curepe and report it in Toco? Prosecution of the fowl tief? Name tags?
What the fuck is all this? Some of this suppose to be done and the others are irrelevant to the crime situation.
Name tag: Half of the police officers name "Joseph".
Fowl tief: The other half of the police officers does tief the fowl.
Waste of fucking time.
Here are some suggestions for sweeping changes:
1) Phase out the SRP (special reserve police) and make all of them officers.
2) Drop the retirement age to 45. Send home the ole farts.
3) Hire a PR firm and a literacy expert to re-train the officers.
4) Hire staff for administrative, traffic & 'guard' work - free up officers.
5) Revamp the whole service get rid of the shit units - CSU, CID, AKS whatever
6) Have an independent Police Management Department - get rid of the police complaint dept.