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OPEN LETTER TO THE POLICE TO PUBLISH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

OPEN LETTER TO THE POLICE TO PUBLISH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

OPEN LETTER TO THE POLICE TO PUBLISH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Photo credits : Trinidad Express

May 1, 2023

 

The Officer-in-Charge

Crime and Problem Analysis Branch

Public Information Office

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

Police Administration Building

Corner Edward and Sackville Streets

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

Request for police data on home invasions and robberies of businesses


Greetings.

In the wake of the current controversy on trends in the crime crisis stalking Trinidad and Tobago, even people in high places seem not to have any statistical data but are making public pronouncements on specific matters. It is in this context that I am writing to request information regarding (1) home invasions, and (2) robberies of business places in Trinidad from January 1 st 2023 to the present time. As a researcher and university lecturer, I am interested in obtaining the following data: 

(1) The total number of reported (1) home invasions and (2) robberies of business places in

      Trinidad, broken down by age, gender and location of the victims; 
(2) The names of victims, if available, and any information on whether they were injured,

      harmed or killed during the incident; 
(3) The names of any identified assailants, along with their age, gender, address, and any other

      identifying information that may be available;

(4) The areas in Trinidad where these home invasions have occurred, including specific

      neighbourhoods or streets; and 
(5) Any identifiable patterns or trends in the data, such as whether certain times of day or days of

      the week, or months are more likely to see home invasions and robberies of businesses, or

      whether there are any similarities in the methods and weapons used by perpetrators.


I understand that this information may be sensitive and confidential, but I assure you that I will treat it as a responsible professional. As an ethical researcher, I am committed to assisting law enforcement agencies to help prevent crime in our country, and putting an end to all the speculative opinions in the public domain that are not based on national statistics.


Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to a prompt and satisfactory response. 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Kumar Mahabir

 

dmahabir@gmail.com

Address withheld for personal security

 

WhatsApp +1 868 756 4961

Dr Kumar Mahabir

is a full-time anthropologist at the University of Guyana (UG). He is a former Assistant Professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). He obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida (UF). As a doctoral student, he won a Florida Caribbean Institute Award, an A. Curtis Wilgus Grant, and an Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship.