Prompted by a school assignment, I felt this may potentially be a worthy contribution to the public policy debate in Trinidad and Tobago and maybe the wider Caribbean. To call it a policy paper may raise expectations too high, so with that in mind it's been titled as a 'Brief Investigation & Research Paper'.
I've always been a firm believer that education serves a higher purpose. It serves the purpose of preparing us for service and contributing to the improvement of our societies, no matter where we’re from. In my particular case, I was born and raised on the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, located seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. One Assistant Professor of mine once joked that according to the ‘laws of the sea’ Trinidad actually ought to belong to Venezuela…lol (such a corny academic joke). Unfortunately I hadn't paid much attention in class during that particular course - “Laws of the Sea” - to be able to debate my way out of it. And the fact that we're not part of Venezuela probably means he may have been a bit off base - but he's the Professor.
Nevertheless, finding solutions to the problems which have bogged us down as a small island Republic – most notably the issues of high levels of criminal activity on the island of Trinidad particularly, and an ineffective police service – is something which has occupied my mind all throughout my years at university.
The hope is that this document can provide some ideas which may contribute to improving the situation in Trinidad and Tobago or, at-least show that there is much to be learn't from countries all over the world in tackling problems which affect our nation - at least countries not named the United States of America.
And most of all, that there is hope.
**Note: The surveys conducted in the paper are approximately more than a year old.