Sunday, February 17, 2013

An Effective 3 Point Crime Plan For Trinidad and Tobago

1. Immediately remove the gun legislation and bureaucracy in sourcing firearms for law abiding citizens.

The law in its current form ensures only non-law abiding citizens and on duty police will have firearms. This therefore emboldens criminals because they know that law-abiding citizens are unarmed and powerless to defend themselves. Essentially making the majority of Trinbagonians potential victims.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service - An inefficient government agency should not have monopoly over your individual personal safety and security. Government has monopoly over water, the issue of drivers's permits, passports, ID cards, customs etc etc. How have these services worked out?

If citizens want to figure out what works look at what the persons with the most power, money and autonomy do to protect and safeguard themselves. They enlist the services of armed guards to protect them or they pay the requisite bribe to get a firearm license. 

2. Legalise the use of illegal drugs.

This will essentially stop the waste of police resources on the policing of illegal drugs. Drugs like marijuana therefore should be immediately legalised. Currently the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service can't even keep drugs out of prisons, how will the TTPS keep drugs out of an entire island with open boarders. Our current policy was literally doomed to fail from the start. This approach would also allow the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to assign more officers to patrol the streets and increase detection and conviction rates of more serious crimes.

This approach would also reduce drug prices for which huge premiums are paid on the black market, thereby making the industry less attractive to drug pushers. 

This change in policy does not facilitate lawlessness but rather allows individuals to incur the consequences of their actions i.e. drug use leads to destitution. After all a million laws could be written but at the end of the day morality cannot be legislated.

3. Improve Accountability By Publicly Publishing Prosecution Statistic of Prosecutors, Judges and Police officers.

Afford the public greater transparency over the judicial process. What motivation do police officials have to track down criminals when the majority of suspects go free? What motivation do officers have when they receive compensation whether they perform or not? Trinidad and Tobago does not just have a crime problem since police officers can't be everywhere a crime occurs it really has a crime prosecution and conviction problem.


  1. Are the points in this article a joke? Your article is so misinformed it has to be a joke! 1. The first point is not true. Please cite the details of the current law in your article instead of spreading rumours about who can own a firearm.
    2. You don't mention any statistics on local policing of marijuana. You don't list any reasons why developed countries like the US and the UK who we should be following have made these drugs illegal.
    This article is doing a disservice to the country. If only the spreading of misinformation on the internet was included in the crimeplan.

    1. We very much welcome your feedback.

      It's common knowledge that there is a severe backlog of firearm permit requests awaiting approval. This was recently reported within the last two to three months. The persons who have the fortune of sourcing their firearms legally were likely well connected persons or persons willing to pay a hefty bribe to expedite their application.

      The US and UK policy on drugs is a failed policy. Should we do everything the US & the UK does. Aren't we not capable of forming our own ideas and decisions even as it relates to T&T's drug policy?

      "In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring "The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world." War on Drugs. The Global Commission on Drug Policy. 2011. p. 24.

  2. Nothing here is techinically incorrect except the insistence that firearms can solve our problems, but the real issue is at the white collar level, the level that imports guns and drugs and launders the money. Detection and conviction issues go far beyond 'accountability'...the issues within that realm are systemic: our entire way of doing things has to change.

  3. Excellent site and well thought out views. I pretty much agree wholeheartedly with this article.

    Many people have a hiveminded view that depends on more and more government control in their life.

    I guess they will wait to see how this pans out before making a leap -

    Keep up the great work.

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