Asserting that it is the responsibility of the police to serve and protect citizens by providing an adequate response to reports of crime, Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, Thursday announced a probe into claims that officers did not respond appropriately when someone made a report of an attempt to kidnap a minor in Ciceron.
The child’s grandmother, identified as Mrs. Debeauville-Williams, had reported that the child managed to escape from a masked individual who attempted to grab him Tuesday as he journeyed home after school.
The grandmother told Radio Caribbean International (RCI) that when a telephone report was made to the police by the child’s mother, the cops told her there was nothing they could do.
The grandmother said later, when the mother visited the CID the police asked the mother what she wanted them to do.
In an interview with RCI Thursday, Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry said he could not confirm that it was a case of kidnapping or attempted kidnapping.
But he said a determination would be made based on an investigation.
However, Moncherry told the RCI Midday News Edition that officers are expected to investigate every report that is made to them.
“I am very disappointed as to what I have been hearing in the news,” he told the station.
He asserted that it is the duty of the police to protect and serve members of the public.
“When members of the public come to the police they are not asking to be granted a favour but they are requesting a service from the police – a service they are being paid for,” the police commissioner declared.
“I have since summoned the young lady to my office. I met with her this morning and this matter has been assigned to my Deputy Commissioner Mr. (Milton) Desir so that he can assign investigators to deal not only with the inaction of the police, but also to follow up and investigate the initial report,” Moncherry told RCI.