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PSC should be govt’s top priority now

Friday, August 8, 2014

The resignation of Prof Ramesh Deosaran on Wednesday, just months into his second term as chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), should set alarm bells ringing over the many things that are not right with that entity. 

While Prof Deosaran gave no reason for his resignation, his tenure there, no matter how hard he may have worked, is overshadowed by the many ways in which he and the other members of the PSC were frustrated in carrying out their mandate. That is because the PSC, an independent body created by the Constitution to oversee the T&T Police Service (TTPS), has not been sufficiently empowered to effect many long overdue and urgently needed changes.

An experienced criminologist, Prof Deosaran had the requisite qualifications and experience for the position, including the disciplines of sociology and management. His impressive body of work—research and numerous publications—stands as evidence of how much he has invested in matters of crime and national security which could have provided a foundation for developing a more efficient and effective Police Service.