March 30, 2011

‘Ethnic imbalance’ in Trinidadian Police Service?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 9:40 pm by potofcallaloo

The ongoing controversy on the so called ‘ethnic imbalance’ in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is continuing to show the gross shallowness of some people in our country.

It is well known that certain groups in our diverse society are more inclined to enter certain professions than others, and thus, if any of us were to take a look at various professions locally, we would see them dominated by one race or another.

Perhaps the fewer numbers of our Indo-Trinidadian brothers and sisters in the police service (as opposed to their Afro-Trinidadian counterparts) reflects their preferred career choices in the fields of medical sciences or entrepreneurship for instance, from pre independence onwards.

This is a true reflection of today’s Trinbagonian society. The medical fraternity is dominated by Indo Trinidadians, whereas the protective services are dominated by Afro-Trinidadians.

To suggest that this perceived ‘imbalance’ in the police service is due to anything more than various career choices among the races is undeniably racially inflammatory and would serve only to divide a sensitive nation that refuses to maturely discuss the many racial issues lying beneath the surface of everyday life.

Furthermore, to suggest that the cosmopolitan society could only trust or relate to the police service if it were 50-50 Indian-African Trini is illogical to say the least.

The respectable attorney Dana Seetahal SC fittingly posited that if this were true, it would mean the only one who would feel comfortable with our Caucasian Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, was his deputy commission Jack Ewatski.

Sectors should hire people who are competent to do the job regardless of race, rather than try to find equal numbers of races to appease some people’s underlying racial intolerances and sensitivities.

If for a moment we adhered to (chairman of the Police Service Commission) Nizam Mohammed’s irrational idea of employing equal numbers of the two major races, where then would the representation of the minority races and growing mixed population be?

In a multi racial society as ours this isn’t feasible – just hire the people who are well able to the job and we will be happy with that, because at the end of the day, regardless of race, we’re all Trini!

The government has rightly condemned Mohammed’s statement as “divisive,” adding that it is intent on creating “a meritocracy based on people’s ability to do their jobs, race must not and will never be a consideration.”



  1. Nics said,

    Well said ! I am tired of people making statements like his in our society.

  2. Sheldon Buckmire said,

    I agree with you Missy !

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