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Letter of the day: What time does a police station open for business?

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams.

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I woke up last Friday morning at 3 o'clock, only to see my gate wide open. Upon closer observation, I realised someone was trying to steal my car. Had it not been for the club that I used to complement the sophisticated security gadget I installed in the car, then my poor Betsy (car) would be history.

When I realised what had happened, I seized the opportunity to use my security panic button to alert a certain security company that I subscribe to, but no response was forthcoming. Then I remembered that I could call the police, so dialled the police emergency number 119 twenty-two times! The number rang without answer. I then looked up the numbers for the Constant Spring Police Station, which is the nearest station to where I live. Needless to say, both numbers rang without an answer.

I called a friend who drove from Liguanea to come and assist me. He, too, tried calling the police emergency numbers. That, too, proved futile.

My friend reminded me that it was then 4 a.m. and that it might be too early to call the station, hence my question: What time does police station open for business? As far as I know, the mantra of the police force is to serve, protect and reassure.

 

WHY CALL POLICE?

 

It should not be that a number is placed in the public domain and on billboards across the city asking people in trouble to give the police a call, only to realise that when it matters most, no one is around to answer. No wonder crime is so prevalent in our society, because the criminals know that these numbers don't work so they can commit their atrocities and get away.

I am, therefore, calling on the minister of security and the relevant stakeholders to put a system in place so that when citizens are in distress, then they can receive assistance.

Please, Mr Peter Bunting, please, Dr Carl Williams, if you gentlemen are serious about crime fighting, ensure that all your personnel are alert, that they have the right attitude towards crime prevention, and that phone numbers that are placed in the public domain are of the actual working lines at police stations.

PATRICK PANTON