Once again, it has been proven that Grenada ‘s top cop is indeed the right choice to be in this sensitive position at this time. The Prime Minister and his Government have made many mistakes and wrong choices over the years in many cases. However, this is one of the best choices that could have ever been made by this administration, to have a humble servant to serve in the capacity of Commissioner of Police in the person of Mr Edvin Martin. His demeanour, with a cool, calm and collected attitude, which is an important component for any good leader are just some of the qualities that he has proven to possess. But the main and most important aspect as it relates to the quality of this commissioner when compared to his predecessors is the fact that he is proactive in his approach in solving crimes and in more recent times, displayed that he is also creative and innovative, always looking for new ways to assist in solving the nation’s problems.
Just before we get into the ‘meat of the matter’ at hand, which certainly qualifies this top cop to be the best, it is noteworthy also to congratulate him and his team for the way they are handling the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and maintaining law and order amidst all that’s happening including the many protocols and restrictions including the curfew among others. It is also important to note that while the Royal Grenada Police Force generally is doing a very good job, there will always be the few that display their ugliness and so far, they are being dealt with. It is also important to note that for the very first time, the RGPF is actually soliciting and I am calling on the public to not hesitate to come in or call in to make reports against any ‘bad’ cop who, by virtue of his or her job would have displayed any kind of heavy-handedness, or in any way broke the law while on duty or off duty.
That aspect was never promoted before. In fact, it was the other way around. Persons were scared to report a police officer for fear of victimization. Thank God today this is no longer and anyone can walk into any police station and report a ‘bad cop’ with no fear or worry and not only that but having the full confidence that the matter will be investigated and not swept under the rug as used to be the case. That’s what makes the commissioner a great leader.
However, while all of the above are so important in this crucial era, the recent putting together of a special task force to deal with all the unsolved crimes including homicides was indeed one of the best things that could have happened in this country. Many persons after committing all sorts of hideous crimes, believing that they have covered their tracks because they did not get caught initially now realize that they have another think coming. Who would have thought that after eight years, the family of a seventy-eight-year-old man would have been able to get justice after he was brutally murdered way back in 2012? The two men who are now facing multiple counts before the courts including capital murder never expected that to happen. Not in Grenada. Maybe in America or some other big and sophisticated country with improved technology and forensic scientists, together with well-trained top of the line investigators. Well, whatever they can do, our Top Cop says we can do as well in order to help solve a crime and ultimately try as much as is possible to get these culprits to make a detour when thinking about committing such senseless and violent acts, knowing that it does not matter how long it takes, they will get caught.
Arresting and charging Cletus St. Paul, the prime minister’s Security Advisor, former personal security to one of our past prime ministers Maurice Bishop is another breakthrough in what good policing and a strong justice system can do. Years ago, this would have only been a dream or a wish. Even today in some countries, the police are not allowed to ‘mess’ with certain ‘big time’ officials. But today as never seen before, from the head to the toe, there is no partiality on the part of the police. However, we must admit that it seems like there is still some political interference when it comes to certain so-called politicians and it is believed that persons like Sheldon Scott and Ruel Edwards are out of the police domain. Maybe they have sought political asylum and it was granted so the police in these cases cannot touch them.
Cletus St. Paul was therefore charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent assault.
And finally, if nothing else that was said has convinced you that our Top Cop is simply the best, take a closer look at what happened to one of their own. Officer 450 Charles from the south of the island was recently arrested and charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. Again, as a police officer, it is very likely that the thought of getting away with such alleged crimes would have been inevitable since he is the law.
However, Commissioner Edvin Martin once again proved that no one, not even their own is above the law.
In the RGPF, just like in other areas of life, there will always be loopholes from time to time and sometimes the flaws that someone sees may not be seen by the relevant authorities. Nevertheless, there will always be challenges as we move forward since there will be no perfection, only improvements. Therefore, let us all play our part to make Grenada a safer place to live by assisting the Police to solve and stop crimes. If we all play our role, this country will indeed be a better place in which to live, so that when we go to sleep at night, we know that we are safe, especially when we have Commissioner Edvin Martin and his team serving and protecting this beautiful land of ours and its citizens.