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Congrats CID!!!

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) should be highly commended for the work done so far that led to murder charges being laid on three persons in gang-related violence on the island.

It can be extremely difficult at times for the police to get information from those who operate in the Underworld about their nefarious activities.

There appears to be a code among the gangsters to keep law enforcement officers out of their business and to settle their scores or conflict among themselves and away from prying eyes.

The fact that the police attached to CID were able to make significant inroads in three weeks and obtain information to pin some persons for the murders of Shane Brown and Von “Wangy” Cyrus is testimony to the hard work put in by the officers.

The police still have a lot of work to be done as the three persons charged with murder are just the front men but the real culprits who gave the order to “kill” are still at large and might be plotting other executions in the country.

THE NEW TODAY is getting reports that the population would be happy in the coming days as the Police have been on the ground and picking up vital information that would result in the apprehension of a number of persons for other crimes committed in the country.

The Esau Pierre/Ryan Hall combination at CID that came together in the wake of the Josiah” Jonty” Robinson murder in 2023 is bearing fruits and should be built upon.

The decision makers in RGPF need to take all possible steps to ensure that the Department is staffed at all times with some of the best crime fighters in the Police Force and refrain from putting rookies to do a job that has to be done by serious and dedicated men and not little boys.

It is also known that the persons attached to CID are working in some of the most difficult and trying conditions.

The reports suggest that the barracks for the men to sleep and rest are very unfit and need an urgent upgrade.

This state of affairs has nothing to do with the near two year old National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell as the current regime would have inherited a police force that was lacking in so many ways.

It is hard to think that the former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell who had such a large following within the Police Force would have done nothing much to enhance the Departments where he got a massive amount of votes on Election Day.

The feeling among some police officers is that Dr. Mitchell was more pre-occupied with looking after the needs of those loyal Personal Security Detail that accompanied him on his many trips around “the length and breadth” of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

It was this lot that benefited from the generous payment of “EC$250, 000.00” for forfeiting their holidays in order to protect the life of the Commander-in-Chief during his stint as Prime Minister.

The proof came when the then Prime Minister told the nation that these were the only police officers that he trusted in RGPF with his life.

After nearly 30 years in office as Prime Minister, what did Keith Claudius Mitchell do to lift the morale and working conditions of the entire contingent within the Police Force?

THE NEW TODAY is convinced that the NNP Boss was more concerned with putting his loyal foot soldiers in every key and sensitive positions in the High Command, as well as departments like CID, Immigration, Special Branch, SSU and the others.

The current office holders cannot shirk from their responsibilities to provide for better working and living conditions for the men and women in uniform including the addressing of issues affecting CID.

There is also a need to look at the Special Services Unit (SSU) at Point Salines in the south of the island.

The financial contributions of the taxpayers are being used to upkeep a group that is not giving the nation value for money since the officers are now mainly used in providing guard duties for state officials.

It is true that Grenada is not at war with any of its neighbours to deploy the SSU into action but the country can ill-afford to continue to up-keep a unit that is doing very little in terms of national security concerns.

The advisors to the Prime Minister should come up with a plan to redefine the role of the SSU in the context of the current situation in the country.

It is our hope that there is a much more serious role for this paramilitary outfit as RGPF takes steps to engage in several different types of activities to arrest the recent upsurge in criminal activities in the country.

The SSU along with the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) should join forces with other important sections of the force like CID, Drug Squad, Traffic and the Special Branch to lead the fight back against those who see nothing wrong in running their own illegal operations in the country.

The coming weeks and months should see RGPF engage in activities to send a clear message to all criminal elements in our midst that no place is safe for them to do business and that the State is moving with speed to take back control of all the territory that they feel are now under their control to engage with impunity in their illegal activities.

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