Police officers, on a daily basis, encounter elements of good, bad and evil and are never truly sure if they will return home from the patrols they are sent to.
For this, President Anthony Carmona yesterday thanked the men and women in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) for their dedication to duty and for choosing to serve this country.
President Carmona was delivering a brief speech at the TTPS’s cocktail reception to celebrate this country’s 52nd anniversary of independence. The event was held at the Police Service administration building on Edward Street, Port of Spain.
Carmona noted that, over the course of his career, he had been in the criminal justice system for more than 30 years and, as a result, he could wholeheartedly emphasise with what the men and women in the TTPS go through.
“Gentlemen, I know what you experience every single day because when I was in law enforcement I lost officers, I lost witnesses. I recognise on a daily basis you have to deal with good, bad and evil out there. I know it is a daily battle,” said the President.
“I have always stated, based on my experience and life, that the two most dangerous jobs in T&T is that of the rig driller and the officer. There is no guarantee that the officer, who leaves home and goes on patrol one day, will return home that night. And there is ample proof of this as we have had, based on my last check, close to 30 officers who have suffered gunshot wounds in policing, with fatalities among them. So I am very much empathetic with your job, your responsibility and your burden,” Carmona added.
The President then thanked the men and women for their service to this great nation and encouraged them to soldier on in their mission.