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Tough pick

Ramesh Deosaran

PORT OF SPAIN — The Police Service Commission is in “wonder-land” over when a substantive police commissioner will be appointed in this country.

PSC chairman Professor Ramesh Deosaran made the statement yesterday at a press conference held by the PSC at its new offices located at the corner of Pasea Main Road and the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Tunapuna to discuss the appointment of the Commissioner of Police and the two deputy Commissioners of Police.

Stephen Williams’ appointment as acting police commissioner officially comes to an end on January 31 next year.

Williams assumed the reins of the Police Service following the resignation of the country’s last substantive Police Commissioner Canadian Dr. Dwayne Gibbs on August 7.

But even as Williams’ acting tenure comes to end next month, the process of finding a substantive chief to fill the vacancy is nowhere near completion, Deosaran said.

Deosaran yesterday distanced the PSC from any blame in relation to the delay in the appointment of a substantive Police Commissioner.

Any assertion that the PSC is “dragging its feet” in the matter is “unreasonable”, Deosaran said yesterday.

The delay in the appointment rests solely with the Director of Personnel Administration, Gloria Edwards-Joseph, he said.

According to Legal Notice # 102 of the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago the DPA’s office has to firstly contract a firm to conduct the assessment process for selecting the country’s Police Commissioner.

This has not yet been done, Deosaran said.

The DPA’s office was awaiting funding from the national budget to determine what funds were available to conduct the process, Deosaran said.

Deosaran blamed the current law for the process being “overly cumbersome” in the selection of a commissioner.

“It really looks as an overly cumbersome, unnecessary, convoluted and complicated process. In other words it looks as a tangled web,” Deosaran said.

Because of this “tangled web” Deosaran said it is unlikely a new chief will be selected before January 31. (Express)

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