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No time to waste
Most of the focus has been on the alleged incident of vigilante justice that resulted in the death of Ashdale Mc Hutchinson, but another incident of concern is the recent attack on two police officers who were attempting to make an arrest in south Trinidad. Both highlight worrying trends because neither event was isolated and underscore the need to decisively address all that ails the T&T Police Service (TTPS).
Severely eroded public confidence on the TTPS and the perception that they are powerless against the rising tide of crime across the country can create conditions for vigilantism, thuggery, and brazen acts of lawlessness. Entire communities can be at risk if these types of incidents are allowed to take place.
But this isn’t only about members of the TTPS stepping up their law enforcement efforts. It is also important that our legislators and policy makers do their part in ensuring that the necessary resources and legal framework are in place so that policemen and women can do their jobs effectively.
There are just too many gaps and weak spots in the law enforcement system, including the lack of full-time leadership.
Too much time has been spent going around in circles. Fix the TTPS now.
Long overdue policy
It was good to hear from Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat that a food safety policy is in the works. A framework to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair practices in the food trade, and ensure full compliance with internationally accepted standards is long overdue in this country.
However, putting the policy in place is one thing. Ensuring compliance and consistent enforcement are essential. Not only should there be a campaign to raise awareness about food safety, players all along the food chain—producers, processors, importers, and retailers—need to be fully involved in this process.
The concerns expressed about the quality of imported poultry, such as products well past their expiration dates being dumped in this country, probably exist in other sectors of the food industry.
Here’s hoping that the policy will result in best practices in the production, transport and processing, retail and storage of foods available for consumption.
Walking the talk
All of the winners of Schools’ Green Leaf awards have set examples to be followed by citizens of this country. Instead of complaining about the state of the environment, all of these green warriors have actively worked on ways to enhance T&T’s natural surroundings. Congratulations! Continue to walk the talk.
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