Soldiers will aid in crime fight
With regard to the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2013—passing this bill will greatly help alleviate the current crime situation. The additional manpower patrolling the streets would bring comfort to hearts of worrying mothers who patiently await the arrival of their children who are out either working or socialising.
The Defence Force has instilled fear into the minds of the Trinidad and Tobago public unlike the Police Service. The presence of soldiers patrolling the streets would make the “petty” and even serious criminal think twice before committing a crime. The Defence Force members go through a rigorous regime of training exercises in comparison to the Police Service. This would make them much more capable and equipped to deal with physical threats for example protests and shoot-outs.
I understand the point that army men aren’t trained to deal with civilians, but how long would it really take to train them? I think it could be done. Children and young adults generally admire the idea of being in the army.
Therefore, there would not be a reduction in manpower but a boost because the additional responsibilities given to the Defence Force would assist in influencing the young adults of pursuing their dreams of being in the army.
The passing of the bill will show that the Trinidad and Tobago Government is serious about alleviating the crime situation in the country and is willing to do anything to protect its citizens. This will increase our superiority among the other Caribbean countries and may be the pioneer model of improving crime in the Caribbean if the appropriate amendments suggested by the parliamentarians are included.
The mission of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force is “to secure Trinidad and Tobago against external threats and to protect our sovereign interests”.
It isn’t easy to get into the Defence Force and, to some members, it may be disappointing to train so hard to get in and not use this training often, or even at all. So passing this bill will bring happiness to some soldiers because they would be able to protect and serve. The introduction of the soldiers in the fight against crime will get the “bad cops” to get their act together. The Miscellaneous Provisions Act should be reintroduced in the upcoming parliamentary session.
Alvin K Daniel