Independent Senator Dr. Stephen King has implored citizens to stop being afraid to report criminals to the police, even if it means their life could be under threat.
Speaking at a meeting of the Senate on Thursday morning, King said that while persons should hold the police accountable for their work, they should also take personal responsibility to help fight crime on the island.
“[This] also brings me to what the public says. They’re afraid of giving information because of the big bad wolf out there and a maybe leaky police force,” he said, while urging citizens to make use of the Crime Stoppers hotline and other available avenues to provide police with information which could help prevent crimes.
“So I think we need to stop and brainstorm and I think we need the general public to stop and understand we have a responsibility. Be not afraid. Yes we could die. Yes, we could get killed. Yes our families could be hurt, but let me tell you, we must fight the beast now… not when it is too big. It is already very big,” he said.
King went on further to make several suggestions which he believes will enhance crime fighting on the island while in turn helping reduce government expenditure.
Improvements at the forensic lab, prisons, and the police force in general, were among these proposals.