Port incident should have been high priority

Tuesday August 07, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Or should this be addressed to the police commissioner in relation to the less than stellar performance of the local police force?


According to the commissioner, responses to calls to the police are handled according to a priority dispatch system.

That seems reasonable, but what of the late-night incident at the Avatiu port, where security officers saw a person acting suspiciously?

Reportedly, he sped away on a motorbike before they could reach him, however the security guards were able to identify the number plate.

So here are the specific questions: Why was the person at the port facilities late at night? Did the person have a reasonable purpose to be there at that late hour? Why did he speed away if he had nothing to hide? Has he at least been cautioned not to enter the ports area again?

The evidence may be circumstantial, but I for one find the explanation by the commissioner unconvincing.

For instance, if the response is handled in terms of priority, then the security of the facilities at the port ought to be treated as a very high priority as a matter of policy.

After all, the port is an extremely valuable and vital piece of national infrastructure that in recent years has undergone a major upgrade. An investment of millions of dollars of public funds was expended on the project.

Not only is the port vital as one of the two main gateways to the country – the international airport is the other – it is also an extremely valuable asset of the Crown and any damage to the port would be very expensive to rectify.

Thus, by virtue of its value to the country, all calls relating to the safety and security of the port and facilities ought to be treated as being of high priority.

Incidentally, the chief executive of the Port Authority does not usually speak out, so if he said that no one arrived to take statements, his claim is accepted as credible by the public.

Which brings me to a recent news headline to the effect that the police are negligent.

Actually, the word hopeless seemed more apt. Negligence implies having the skills but failing to take proper care, whereas hopeless, according to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, means having no expectation of good or success.

Hmm, that pretty much sums it up really.

            Lift Your Game

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