Once Criminals in Luxury Cars Stay Untouched, Violent Crimes Will Continue | Letters to the Editor
Police in the Czech Republic recently converted a Ferrari car confiscated from criminals into a police vehicle.
It cost US$12,555 to outfit the luxury vehicle for police use, and the vehicle will be driven by specially trained police officers as it will be used to crack down on illegal road racing.
Czech police are said to have hundreds of vehicles confiscated from criminals which are being used to fight serious crime across the country.
This act of the Czech government, in addition to ensuring consequences for citizens who engage in crime, also saves the government money by reducing its expenditure on the purchase of vehicles for the Czech police.
Given that Dr. Rowley has declared the crime a public health emergency and has also warned the country about the state of our national finances, it remains to be seen whether Dr. Rowley’s proclamation is entirely barking and without bite. Will we see the confiscation of assets belonging to criminals to be used to provide services to the T&T taxpayer?
Corruption and criminality are rampant not only among the T&T population, but within our government agencies. Given the level of white collar crime in T&T, if the Rowley-led government were serious about tackling crime, the TTPS would have had countless Prados, BMWs and Mercedes-Benz vehicles to add to its fleet of cars. .
It is well known internationally that in countries where violent crime is rampant, there is a direct correlation between violent crime and white collar crime and crime within government agencies. Indeed, white-collar crime costs countries billions of dollars that could otherwise have been used to address social inequality and infrastructure development in impoverished/marginalized communities.
So as long as criminals from the BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Prados remain untouched at T&T, violent crime will be rampant in our country.
White collar crime; black-collar crime… always crime.