The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and indeed the entire country must have skipped a few heart beats Tuesday, February 19 when Sgt Hayden Manwaring succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained in the line of national duty when he tried to apprehend a robbery suspect in San Fernando.
As glowing tributes continue to pour in from all quarters in the Police Service as well as the legal fraternities, one must realise as this writer knows, that Sgt Manwaring was an extraordinary citizen, one full of zest for life, family and a relentless passion to boldly go after the criminal elements in our lovely country.
The now increasing attacks on citizens and their businesses must surely be "wake-up calls" for us all that crime is spiralling out of control and needs to be taken as seriously.
As one of the many prominent voices in showering praises on Sgt Manwaring's sterling 18 years of service to the country as a police officer, the ever energetic Minister of National Security, Jack Warner, again reemphasised the urgency of all nationals to rally around in full support of committed patriotism in the fight against crime.
This call for a united front against the rising onslaught of bold and brazen crimes is indeed a responsibility for all.
Despite the negatives thrown at them in execution of their duties, as true guardians for all citizens' safety, these brave men and women in the Police Services and indeed the protective services have continued to make inroads in crime.
Mr Warner's resolve to build a hospital and welfare support for wounded and killed members of the protective services must be welcome news to families of such courageous officers. Proper safety and training must be on par with today's technocratic world where even the criminal-minded persons are accessible to modern conveniences like computers, smartphones, GPS, etc.
The Police Service was surely proud for those years to have the services of slain officers like Sgt Manwaring, who died with their boots on in service for country.