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Jack: My doors are always open to Ramesar
President of the Police Social and Welfare Association Sgt Anand Ramesar has been advised to discuss any problem within the T&T Police Service (TTPS) with the Commissioner of Police. The advice came from National Security Minister Jack Warner following his contribution on the Defence Bill in Parliament on Friday.
Ramesar, in an interview with Sunday Guardian columnist Clevon Raphael (published on pages A8, A9 today), said that the different arms of the protective services, such as the army, Coast Guard, Customs and Excise, Immigration Division and even soldiers were not called upon to answer for their shortcomings.
In response, Warner said he did not agree with Ramesar since his ministry has monthly meetings with heads of security. He also indicated transnational crime meetings are held regularly.
Told that Ramesar had complained that the ministry had a reactionary crime plan and nothing strategic, Warner replied, “I don’t know what he means. I am as confused. I would suggest to him that if he has that suggestion to discuss it with his Commissioner of Police so he could help.” Ramesar had raised concerns about leadership in the TTPS, stating that only selective police officers were prosecuted.
“It is very easy to make those general statements. If Ramesar means a lot to his men and to the service of which he is a member all he has to do is bring the information to the head of the police.” Warner said if the TTPS fails to act, then Ramesar would have a case. Having met Ramesar three times, Warner said his doors are always open to him.
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