“Our ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity; our intellectual and creative capacity; our inherent wealth of natural resources which provide us with an abundance of financial resources; our small geographic area and minute population all provide Trinidad & Tobago with the essential elements necessary to create a society for the world to model.”
Short term solutions with long term benefits
The issues of crime and lawlessness are challenges that we must face and overcome together through active participation of all citizens.
- The human resource of T&T is our most valuable resource.
- Protection and Preservation of human life is our first priority.
- Safety and Security is of paramount importance in a free society.
- The most effective way to combat crime and lawlessness is through prevention.
- The only acceptable target level of crime and road carnage is Zero.
SAFETY AND SECURITY:
Without safety and security there can be no stability. Without stability there can be no growth and development. Safety and Security begin with effective and efficient law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies (Police Service, Licensing Authority, and Customs Authority) must have systems in place to minimize if not altogether eliminate corrupt activity. Morale must be high at all times and people must be highly motivated. This is accomplished through:
- Provision of proper, clean, well maintained working conditions.
- Proper tools and resources to execute duties.
- Adequate compensation and incentive packages.
- Creating a technology driven environment.
- Constant and continuous training of Law Enforcement Agents.
Law enforcement requires three key components to achieve effective results:
- Strong laws/legislation.
- Adequate infrastructure to effectively and efficiently enforce laws.
- Swift justice with Meaningful consequence.
It is the knowledge that law is effectively and efficiently enforced that creates order; thus the term LAW AND ORDER.
MANAGE TRAFFIC, REDUCE CRIME!!!
Roads are to a country what arteries are to a body. Without either, there is no functional life; especially in a country like T&T where the roads are for all intents and purposes, the only means of commuting. Everything is transported on our roads:
- Our human resource – the population of T&T
- Goods and merchandise.
- Kidnap victims.
- Illegal weapons.
- Illicit drugs and contraband.
- Criminals and bandits.
Traffic, in our opinion, has become the most important arm of the Police Service, as it represents the first line of offence with the ability to screen criminals and illicit weapons in transit through the simple and effective enforcement of the most basic traffic laws.
Effective and efficient enforcement of traffic laws will instill discipline on our roads which will transcend traffic and by so doing reduce our level of crime and lawlessness. This requires:
- Consistent, visible and meaningful 24hr Police presence throughout Trinidad & Tobago.
- Efficient and sustained enforcement of the breathalyser law.
- Immediate legislation to allow the use of radar technology to measure speed.
- Immediate amendments to seatbelt laws inclusive of child restraint. Accomplished!
- Immediate implementation of the use of cameras across the country to assist law enforcement.
- Immediate amendments to allow the significant increase of fines for the breach of all traffic offences. Accomplished!
- Twenty four hour traffic courts.