The Trinidad and Tobago Police service yesterday revealed the discovery of a “horrifying” criminal target range in a forested area off Unity Lane, Diego Martin with over 3,000 spent shells from various high calibre weapons.
What? Are you still reading?
No; that’s it. The policemen returned to the station and then went home to carry on with their lives.
As a gesture of goodwill, the lawmen supposedly sent several shells to the St James Forensic Science Centre for fingerprint and DNA testing. Or, to translate, they put the work on someone else’s desk; just like Minister Two Pull delegated his weed rolling responsibilities.
The Police Service, clearly, does not think its job is to stop or even solve crime; just to observe it. And, by that perimeter, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and his merry men are doing a wonderful job.
“You will realise by the find that it shows the amount of weapons which are being fired,” Inspector Roger Alexander told the Trinidad Express, “and the type of weapons which are being fired and this is a source of serious concern for us at the TT Police Service.
“Especially since this was just one area, and there are several others. And furthermore, we observed several bullet holes and indentations on the trees surrounding the spent shells, meaning that targets are being placed on these trees and criminals are training themselves to hit these targets, as the trees will cushion the rounds.”
Thank God the trees are safe now. But what about the men, women and children who will be shot next?
Does Inspector Alexander think his job stops with breaking up the gangsters’ training sessions—if he wasn’t tipping them off—as opposed to setting up a sting operation to catch them during their next practice?
Was he informing the public so that we can do our own surveillance? Is policing in Trinidad and Tobago now a do-it-yourself operation for citizens like El Pecos Restaurant?
“It is scary to know that there are criminal elements in this country with these type of weapons on their person,” said Alexander.
But not quite as scary as understanding the thinking of the servicemen who have the mandate to stop them.