A police officer who is also a prosecutor says that he is having a difficult time traveling by public transportation, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, from his home in Georgetown to Kingstown where he works.
Sergeant of Police Renrick Cato, who is currently prosecuting at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, explained his situation to the court last Friday, when Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett asked the prosecutor if he wanted a trial to be adjourned to later that afternoon.
Cato said that the difficulty in that is that he travels by public transportation
“Most passenger vans from my area, they don’t want to take me to my destination because I’m a police officer and they still want to breach the [COVID-19] protocols,” Cato said.
Currently, because of COVID-19, vans in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are only permitted to carry half of the number of passengers they are licensed to carry.
Cato said he finds it difficult on mornings to get to work and even worse on evenings to get home.
“That is the problem I have right now. In times like these, I have to source some means of transportation. That is the problem I am facing.”
Burnett said it was interesting that Cato was suffering because, as a police officer, he insists that van drivers observe the COVID-19 protocols.
“They don’t want to take you to come to work, they don’t want to take you to go back from work,” the senior magistrate said.
Cato said he left home at 6:15 that morning but was still in Georgetown at 7:35 a.m.
“Fortunately, I got a ride this morning,” he said.
The magistrate asked the prosecutor if vehicles would just pass him on the road and not stop for him.
“That is a terrible thing,” the magistrate said.
“That’s the nature of public life. The ordinary man would not understand why we do what we do.”