Can’t be jammin’ still when it comes to crime - EntornoInteligente /

From last Sat­ur­day to date there have been over a dozen mur­ders, with the lives of the young to the el­der­ly be­ing vi­o­lent­ly snatched away.

Every area of the coun­try, whether it be hotspot or quaint com­mu­ni­ty, was not spared as the blood­let­ting con­tin­ued.

De­spite the vi­o­lence not very much has been said or done by of­fi­cials.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said the gov­ern­ment was con­cerned by the mur­der rate but he was con­fi­dent that he has been do­ing his best to tack­le crime and that his ef­forts would “bear fruit.”

The Cham­ber of Com­merce al­so ex­pressed alarm at the crime sit­u­a­tion.

In a state­ment, the Cham­ber said: “The time for talk is over and ac­tion is need­ed on the crime cri­sis.”

The Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith, when asked about the uptick in mur­ders, spout­ed the usu­al rhetoric of mea­sures be­ing tak­en to re­store se­cu­ri­ty to cit­i­zens.

Grif­fith al­so em­pha­sised that the cur­rent blood­shed was not re­lat­ed to Car­ni­val and as­sured the ‘great­est show on earth’ would be safe.

“There is an op­er­a­tional plan for every sin­gle event, so prob­a­bly the safest event to be is at­tend­ing Car­ni­val fetes.”

While en­sur­ing such a large scale event is safe and se­cure for rev­ellers and spec­ta­tors alike to en­joy is a tremen­dous pri­or­i­ty, so too should be the safe­ty of all cit­i­zens. Es­pe­cial­ly all those not in­volved in Car­ni­val at all.

Al­most every year af­ter the cur­tain falls on Car­ni­val, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials boast proud­ly about how lit­tle crime was record­ed dur­ing the two days of rev­el­ry.

And on cue, the pub­lic would ask why sim­i­lar mea­sures can’t be em­ployed to guar­an­tee a re­duc­tion in the spate of vi­o­lence.

On the heels of a week filled with so much blood­shed, it is not good enough for the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice to fo­cus sole­ly on Car­ni­val se­cu­ri­ty.

To echo the sen­ti­ments of the Cham­ber, the coun­try is fac­ing a crime cri­sis which is af­fect­ing every facet of so­ci­ety and there needs to be max­i­mum use of all avail­able re­sources to ar­rest the sit­u­a­tion.

We can no longer af­ford to con­done or ac­cept the nine-day won­der Tri­ni at­ti­tude of talk­ing about an is­sue for a few days and then bury­ing our heads in the sand soon af­ter.

While it may be Car­ni­val time with the wel­comed dis­trac­tions of fetes and mu­sic, life goes on af­ter the mer­ri­ment.

The se­cu­ri­ty forces must al­so pay at­ten­tion to what’s hap­pen­ing out­side of fetes and more im­por­tant­ly af­ter the fet­ing ends.

It’s time to move away from the ‘jam­min still’ cul­ture when it comes to crime.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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