National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has chided members of the public for berating the police when they do their jobs.
Asserting that there are some ‘low lying issues’ that the law enforcement officers have to tackle, including traffic offences, the former Deputy Police Commissioner disclosed that he had recently seen a young man going in the wrong direction along a one-way street.
“That has to stop,” Francis asserted as he spoke with reporters last week.
However he noted that when the police stop persons for such offences, members of the public are critical of the officers, declaring that the law enforcement officials should be concentrating their efforts on other infractions.
“I am in the bank in the line for the ATM and a gentleman comes in and he breaks the line and tries to go before me and I stop him, and then a Security Guard you know, somebody in uniform, says to me you know, I should not have stopped him – this is the indiscipline and the kinds of things that happen in this country,” the minister observed.
“When the police are doing what they are supposed to do, you get the feedback that persons are saying that the police are this and the police are that – nothing happens and then the police are not doing their work,” Francis stated.
He said: “We need to know what we want. We need to allow the police to do their work.”