Burden on us to stop crime

While as a citizen of this country I am shocked, dismayed and saddened that this recent brutal and violent crime has been committed and one’s heart goes out to those who may be the innocent victims of this crime and their families, even more so my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the officers of the RCIPS.

There is nothing more difficult than to bring the news to family and loved ones that their son, daughter, wife, husband, father, mother has been the victim of a violent crime. Whilst these brave officers are trained to face any emergency with dedication, diplomacy, tenacity and bravery, the burden is still so very great to bear and you never get used to it.

So while we as a country extend our thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered in this tragedy, stop to think what the officers who are sworn to serve and protect us must face with this crime and all of the others. Stop and think how the medics, nurses, doctors all feel when there is one more life taken, one more traumatic injury inflicted, that they must endure and try to either fix or to bear the burden of not having been able to help because it was too violent or it was too late.

Stop and think how just one person changing an action can make one less crime in our country. Stop and think that to talk around the office cooler or via email about how horrible our country is becoming is not helping. It is YOU, as an individual, and WE as a community that can STOP this through action.

We can take our country back from all of this violence and crime. We can get involved instead of just complaining. We can stop and think about our actions toward each other and toward ourselves. We can stop turning a blind eye and look this square in the face and say ENOUGH! We are an empowered people and we will cooperate, we will come forth as witnesses and we will intervene when it is safe to do so. We will educate ourselves, we will accept and abide by the laws that are made to ensure a safe society and we will make our country safe for ourselves, for our children and for future generations.

Stop and take a moment to think about how you can begin today, tomorrow and going forward to help make the necessary changes through education, volunteer work, mentoring, adopting zero tolerance to such actions and behaviour and supporting the men and women who are doing all they can to make our country a safe place and a peaceful haven. The burden is on us; let us shoulder it with courage and conviction and strength. Let us stand together and make the changes through our actions as individuals and as a country.

Cindy Abrahams