Letters | Sunday, 14 December 2008

Police Commissioner should resign over Paceville

Commisioner of Police, wake up to the duties for which the citizen pays you. If you do not have enough men or equipment in your force, it is due to your failure to carry out your remit in full, to protect society in every instance, and not at your whim. Comment in public if the Minister is neglecting internal security. If he insists on being passive, then you would have no option, but to resign and disgrace him - until then, shame on you.
I wrote this in a letter which was published in a local daily in December last year. To be fair to the Commissioner of Police (COP), he did refer to me about my comment. Pity that he only did that to sulk. For today, a year later, he still occupies the post and Paceville – the subject matter of that letter – is still in shambles, as are so many other areas in Malta. No matter how many complaints he receives, he seems to be permanently switched off. In fact, security in Paceville is still left to the bouncers employed by the entertainment spots. Police presence is exactly the same as last year: normally to be found in the police station at St Julian’s. They still act as telephone operators playing hard to get. If one manages to get through to them, they make one cry in despair.
Take a look at the photograph of the dismal cell where they keep unruly beings when they manage to apprehend any. One turns away in complete disgust when one has to visit the digusting call-of-nature little room. It is a shame on the COP who seems to be living the Midnight Express experience. Is the minister, responsible for the Internal Affairs portfolio, also inept? In which case, we should have two resignations. Hold on. Don’t rush...


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