Host of the Talking Point radio show Damion Grange has revealed that persons feared for his safety after he called for the resignation of Commissioner of Police Mark Collins.
Recently, Grange expressed his opinion that Commissioner Collins should step aside over a leaked email that he sent to two of his officers suggesting that they discard evidence in an internal matter.
And speaking on the Talking Points show this week, Grange said he was cautioned by some persons including elected officials who feared that his comments could put him in harm’s way.
“When I made that comment (that the Police Commissioner should resign) the media took it up and I had friends coming to my office telling me ‘be careful, we are worried for you’. I got calls from elected members saying ‘you need to be careful when you speak because people can’t be trusted’. That’s when I became concerned,” Grange stated.
He added that fear and lack of trust is one of the main reasons for the difficulties law enforcers are experiencing with policing the community.
“I thought to myself, if the people we’re depending on to protect us are the people we fear in this community then there is a problem. If I made a comment that is unfavourable to an elected official or to the Commissioner or to the Governor, part of our job is to hold power accountable. And if my safety is going to be compromised then that’s a problem,” Grange stated.
Eighth District Representative Marlon Penn who was a guest on the programme also agreed that many people aren’t comfortable giving information to the police.
With the recent uptick in crime, confidence in the police force has become a trending topic, as many continue to say the police need to restore the trust that residents need in order to share information needed to solve crimes.
While not denying that trust should be increased, the Commissioner maintains that the current level of trust that the community has is higher than it was when he first arrived in the territory a few years ago. He said evidence of increased trust is seen in the increased number of residents who are willing to give information to the police.
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