A day of reckoning is coming for the criminal overlords. So said Jack Warner, Minister of National Security, as he addressed a town meeting in his Chaguanas West constituency on Tuesday night at Presentation College, Chaguanas. Warner said he was making no apologies for saying it was time the nation saw the return of the hangman and the use of the cat-o-nine-tails to flog criminals. "If these things worked well in the past, bring them back," Warner.
He said the time will come soon for the money launderers, politicians with criminal connections and people who import guns to feel the full brunt of the law. Warner also spoke of plans to fast-track a computer chip system to record motor vehicle number plates and plans to connect CCTV cameras from households to the police security system.
Warner also slammed sections of the media who he said were bent on sensationalism. He said even though the murder rate had dropped since the People's Partnership had been voted into government, the media had failed to report this. He said the present figure is 264, compared to 328, the figure for the comparable period in 2010. Warner said plastering murders on the front pages of the daily newspapers could act as fuel for murders "The murderers feel big ... give them the front page," Warner said.
He said in other Caribbean nations murders were relegated to the inside pages of newspapers. Warner said some in the media may also be glorifying murders in a bid to see the Government collapse on the issue of crime. Warner said over 46,000 people had applied to be Special Reserve Police of whom the Government would be hiring only 5,000. He said powers of arrest would be given to 1,000 soldiers who would be on patrol in crime hotspots.
Warner also called on Chaguanas mayor Orlando Nagessar to start clearing up abandoned lots of land. He said the time had come for the mayor to put his foot down and stop lawless activities which he said included people using the roads as garages and a place to store all kinds of materials, causing a hindrance and also a health hazard.