"THE sheriff is in town!"
This is how Crime Watch boss Ian Alleyne labelled himself last evening, as he made his first appearance on TV6's Crime Watch programme. Describing himself as super-excited, Alleyne said he intended to take things to a different level.
Alleyne's fans, excited about the return of the programme, got agitated when the programme failed to kick off at the scheduled 6 p.m. advertised time. This was as a result of a minor technical difficulty and the show eventually started at 6.30 p.m.
In his usual style, Alleyne had a special, but not unusual, message for criminal elements and rogue cops. "This is Ian Alleyne out of control. Let them know this afternoon, I am back. We are coming to mash them up. We are going to shut them down. Spread the word, I am back, this time on TV6," Alleyne said.
Alleyne's legal adviser, attorney Om Lalla, who also appeared on the programme, said he was excited to be back on air alongside Alleyne to assist those in need of public services and help rid the country of the crime scourge.
One hour before the show began, Alleyne and CCN CEO Dawn Thomas were seen chatting as they looked on as workmen put the finishing touches to the brand new studio in which Alleyne will be operating from.
Shamelia Thomas, one of the persons who directed yesterday's programme, said she was excited about the new venture.
"It was a little hectic getting everything prepared today (yesterday). But in the end, it worked out well and I am looking forward to the differential this programme brings to television," Thomas said after the programme.
The popular show, which became one of the most watched programmes in the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot, will air Mondays to Fridays from 6 p.m., with repeats at 10.30 p.m. following the TV6 News at 10.
Alleyne, who is also president of Trinidad and Tobago Crime Watch, shot into the spotlight nationally with the programme, in which he investigated hundreds of matters and assisted the police in arrests of suspects. Alleyne was fired from the World Indian Network (WIN) TV in February after claiming political interference with the programme because his fearless approach in dealing with national issues offended certain politicians.