“If the current average rate of about two per day is sustained, by the end of the year, we can expect there will be some 700 homicides (aka murders). (But) that sort of figure is plainly ridiculous, outrageous for a country with only some 1.3 million people.”
The following Letter to the Editor, asking pertinent questions of five high-profile personalities in the country, including the Commissioner of Police, was submitted to Wired868, by Mohan Ramcharan of Birmingham, England.
This is an open letter containing 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 Trinidad Express of 6 February that the murder toll has reached 67. This means that, if the current average rate of about two per day is sustained, 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, outrageous for a country with only some 1.3 million people.
The efficacy of the Police Service in carrying out an investigation to the point of achieving a successful prosecution by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and thus deterring 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 straightforward and full answers:
- What percentage of all the homicides in the last five years has been successfully prosecuted?
- Does the Police Service have sufficient manpower and resources to effectively investigate all cases on record and those to come?
- In its current configuration, is the Police Service effective in controlling or deterring serious crime? [A straight yes or no would do].
- If ‘yes’ to (2) and (3) above, using the average annual rate over the last five years as the base, what average annual percentage reduction in the homicide rate can the public expect to see over the next five years?
- Is the country being held to ransom by criminals?
A prompt (within 14 days of the date of this letter) answer is required.