7 Feb 2018

straight answers, please

This is an open letter, with some questions addressed to the following persons:

The Commissioner of Police,

The Minister of National Security,

The Prime Minister,

The Leader of the Opposition,

The President,

                                of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I read today, in the TT Express of 6th February 2017, that the ‘murder toll’ has reached 67. This means that if the current rate of about 2 per day is sustained on average, that by the end of the year we can expect there will be some 700 homicides (aka murders). Anything approaching that sort of figure is plainly ridiculous, and (not to mention) outrageous for a country with only 1.3 Million people.

The efficacy of the police service to carry out an investigation to the point of achieving a complete prosecution by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and deter homicides, has been called into question for the past decade or so. With no clear signs of abatement regarding the current status quo, I ask the following questions which require very straight and full answers:

  1. What percentage of all the homicides in the last 5 years have been successfully prosecuted?
  2. Does the police service have sufficient manpower and resources to effectively investigate all cases on record and those to come?
  3. In its current configuration to date, is the police service effective in controlling or deterring serious crime? [A straight yes or no would do].
  4. If ‘yes’ to the above, what percentage reduction in the homicide rate can the public expect to see - per annum - averaged over the next 5 years? [Using the average annual rate over the preceding 5 years].
  5. Is the country being held to ransom by criminals?

A prompt answer (within 14 consecutive days of the date of this letter) is required.