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TTPS needs major cleansing

Monday, August 6, 2018

How does one begin to unravel and fix the issues plaguing the T&T Police Service? Well, this is an answer we hope incoming Police Commissioner-designate Gary Griffith already has in his head or will develop quickly. This is because judging from the Police Manpower Audit Committee (PMAC)’s report into the service, there is a lot currently wrong within the service and even dark elements which need to be illuminated before he will be able to get anywhere.

The Prof Ramesh Deosaran-led committee found, among other issues, abuse of overtime and sick leave, facilitated by poor record keeping; that corruption had contaminated the rank and file, to the point where officers were assisting the criminal elements with “tip-offs” ahead of major planned raids and that huge numbers of officers felt the service was poorly organised and managed.

In fact, having sat for months and surveyed over 500 officers of varying ranks and ages, the committee was moved to conclude: “The TTPS is in a very troubled and wounded state. Troubled, mainly because of the complex network of problems facing it and wounded, due to its continued inability to rescue and recover itself.”

It is now recorded in the Parliamentary Hansard that one of the reasons why the Government did not support current acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams for the position was because of some of the no doubt stinging revelations out of the 700-plus page PMAC report.

This newspaper respects Prof Deosaran for the body of work he has contributed towards the society. Mr Deosaran labelled the report, “Now is the time, no sacred cows”. We take this to mean that Mr Deosaran believes everything must be done to pull the TTPS back from the apparent edge of the precipice that it now stands on.

At the moment, however, we are sure that law-abiding citizens are cowering in fear in the face of rampant crime committed by criminals who feel emboldened by the police and judiciary’s inability to bring them to justice. We thus hope that in going forward, both the T&T Police Service under Mr Griffith and Police Service Commission are prepared to do what is necessary to clean house and will get the support they need from the Government and the Opposition going forward.

Prayers for Fr Vieira’s

Congratulations to newly-ordained priest Father Kenneth Reginald Vieira. Fr Vieira was welcomed into the priesthood on Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop Jason Gordon, but what makes him even more special is the fact that at 78 years old he is now the oldest priest locally. It is usually a calling from God which drives persons to the priesthood but it certainly takes a special drive to do so at Fr Vieira’s age. In this case, Fr Vieira was driven to the priesthood following the death of his wife. All the best going forward Fr Vieira.


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