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Police response time impeccable

Published: 
Friday, January 2, 2015
TTPS officer WPC Murray with PC Stroude, PC Mohammed and PC Dillion.

I take the advice of the Mayor of San Fernando that citizens should not allow the unfortunate incidents that occurred recently to disrupt the cordial relationship of trust which have been built with the police. I communicate an incident involving the TTPS in front my home on Monday, as an example. 

The strange sight of a heavily-tinted Nissan Cifero vehicle was parked precariously in the path of my driveway. Trapped inside the compound, I hurriedly closed the gates at a safe distance. Immediately the Barataria Police Station was contacted at 5.30 am. 

An affable-toned Acting Sergeant Dowridge answered, efficiently taking the necessary information. As the goodly Sergeant sensed the anxiety in my voice, he calmly gave me the assurance that my concerns would be dealt with expeditiously.

Exactly five minutes later at 5.35 am, I had witnessed two Rapid Response Units from the North Eastern Division with flashing blue lights. The police had quietly cordoned off the suspicious vehicle, one unit to the front and the other to the rear. 

At this tranquil hour in the morning, the TTPS had not approached the crime scene with blaring sirens, loud public address system or raised voices, much to the appreciation of the unsuspecting residents, many who are the elderly and children.

As my gates slowly opened, the TTPS was scouring the area. The officers alighted from their vehicles cautiously checking for occupants and had searched the heavily-tinted vehicle meticulously. 

On seeing me, the officers calmly approached in the most professional and courteous manner. They promptly greeted me with the pleasantries of the morning. They then proceeded to introduce themselves as TTPS officers 6464 PC Stroude, 6677 PC Mohammed, 7407 PC Dillion, and 7472 WPC Murray. Within one hour a wrecker was summoned and towed the suspicious vehicle to the Barataria Police Station’s compound for processing.

The officers had demonstrated unequivocally that they were present to protect and serve my community with pride. What appeared to be a mundane act by the TTPS has given my community the assurance that we were in capable hands.

Adam Dean

Via e-mail

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