Saturday, February 24, 2018

Appalling failure by top cop to protect and serve

 I read in yesterday’s Express, the acting Commissioner of Police making statements in response to the questions posed to him about senior TV6 journalist Mark Bassant, and it infuriated me even more, hearing the sheer nonsense spewed from this individual’s mouth.

Perhaps the Police Service Commission ought to remind the commissioner of the oath he took. You are mandated to protect each and every law-abiding citizen of this country, without fear or favour, and the fact that Mark Bassant had to leave his homeland, in fear of losing his life, should speak volumes and highlight the incompetence of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

By insinuating he may have brought it upon himself is insulting to the patrio­­tic duty and service he has rendered to the citizens of this country and society at large, not to mention how he may have aided the office you temporarily occupy, and the Police Service you lead, by his discoveries. 

Perhaps you ought to research the term “investigative journalism” and read what it says: “Investigative journa­lism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption or corporate wrong-doing.” By Mr Bassant’s actions, it is clear, in most cases, he saw a need to investigate and try to get to the bottom of organised crime, corruption, misconduct in public office, racketeering, etc, happening right here in Trinidad and Tobago.

But before you commend him on his patriotic duties as an upstanding citizen, the gist of your response was that he should not have asked questions. Seeing as you are so privy to the so-called “wrong-doing” he did, could you please share it with the public and let us decide if it was not in accordance with his duties as a journalist.

I also hope, as you seem to be so privy to the information that prompted the threats against Mr Bassant’s life, you will also know who made those threats as the office you hold and the access to information you have will steer you to those who issued the threats.

It is appalling one of this country’s largest defence organisations is being led by someone whose contributions are nothing more than lip-service, and those who are willing to ask the hard questions to uproot crime and corruption in high places are not even protected by the system but must go into exile while criminals roam and terrorise the law-abiding citizens of this country.

I do hope you get to the bottom of this issue and begin to serve the people who you have been so mandated to protect.

J John

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