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An ‘improved’ Williams gets fourth term
Although he was given a “quite good” rating, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has been mandated to improve the detection rate, effectively tackle complaints brought against police officers and bridge the gap between the public and the police. Making the comments was chairman of the Police Service Commission Prof Ramesh Deosaran, who fielded questions from the media after meeting with Williams at the commission’s office in Tunapuna yesterday.
Williams got his fourth extension, which is expected to end next January and which Deosaran described as embarrassing not only for Williams but for the commission. He said complaints against police officers must be treated very effectively as they hampered public confidence and the commission also looked at the crime statistics, which were a very important feature. These recommendations were among ten given to Williams, Deosaran said.
On details of the acting top cop’s performance Deosaran said Williams had improved from last year, adding that the commission was “very pleased” with his performance. He said Williams was extensively interviewed as part of due process, after which Williams had a fair opportunity to respond to concerns. “We have conducted the exercise quite fairly and transparently. We saw the exercise not only to appraise but we also saw ourselves trying to help the commissioner and the Police Service generally, and to serve the function of ‘protect and serve’ in the public’s interest because that is what we need in the country.. .we need a safer and peaceful community,” Deosaran said. Deputy Police Commissioner Ann Marie Alleyne-Daly, who was also assessed by the commission, was rated “quite good.”
PSC: Process waste of time
On the recruitment process for a new CoP, Deosaran described it as a waste of money, protracted, unduly convoluted and greatly affecting the work of the commission. “This is something that needs a quick change. Several times we have appointed somebody to act in an important office, but certainly that is outside of our jurisdiction now. “The recruitment process has to start with the Director of Personnel Administration hiring a firm,” Deosaran said. He said, so far, no such firm has been contracted, no advertisement for a commissioner or deputy commissioner has been issued and hence no shortlist of candidates was before the commission. “At present, the commission has no alternative but wait until such a shortlist is submitted to it. A shortlist is nowhere near the horizon.