By Sean Douglas – March 23 2013
PORT-OF-SPAIN Mayor Louis Lee Sing yesterday called for bigger guns to be given to his municipal police force to deter criminals who harass his contractors when they work in the city’s criminal “hot-spots”.
Addressing a Joint Select Committee (JSC) hearing at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre in Port-of-Spain, Lee Sing said criminals are undeterred and unafraid when confronted by city police officers armed with handguns including the Beretta brand.
“The Beretta does not, as it is, engage the minds of the criminals,” Lee Sing told the JSC. “You need the kind of weaponry that would put the fear of God into their hearts.” City Corporation CEO Winifred David, said municipal police can’t carry the same kind of firepower that regular police officers use because municipal police are under the control of a mere civilian in the form of the CEO herself. The JSC was told that a request for an upgrade in the arsenal available to municipal police, to an unnamed senior police official over the past three years had apparently fallen on deaf ears. “There are places in Port-of-Spain, where if we go to do restoration or remedial work…fix sidewalks, box-drains, underground drains or replace manholes — you meet and are confronted with negative elements in society,” Lee Sing said.
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