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The Ministry of National Security yesterday confirmed that pictures of the minister, Gary Griffith, are being placed in police station charge rooms across the country. The ministry said this courtesy was extended to past ministers and it was now not only ensuring that this was being done in police stations, but also branches of the Immigration Division and Fire Service as well.
In a release yesterday in response to a T&T Guardian report headlined “Griffith’s photo goes up in police stations,” the release said Griffith himself did not enter any station to demand or question that an image of himself should be put up, nor did the ministry issue any instruction to the Police Service to mount photos of him. According to the Police Service’s Standing Order 38, only the photos of the president, prime minister and commissioner have to be put up in stations.
The release also said yesterday acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams “confirmed that based on precedence (sic), photos of ministers are mounted as a sign of respect,” while Police Social and Welfare Association president Anand Ramesar said his body had no objection to recognising its line minister. As a result, the ministry said its corporate communications unit had been liaising with the divisions to ensure this precedent was extended to the sitting minister.
Standing Order 38 states: “It shall be the responsibility of the officer in charge of the division, to ensure that there is posted in a conspicuous place of all police stations the following:
a) mission statement
b) code of conduct
c) notices (informing prisoners of their rights), a framed map of the station district, framed photographs of the President, the Commissioner and the Prime Minister”