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Cuffie, right, as
part of her $55
million grant to
dinner at the
Looking on is
priest Fr Robert
Acting CoP Williams gets PM's nod of approval...
He's doing a great job
SWIPE AT MEDIA
Asked if she was concerned
about allegations that a
former minister was involved
in a murder plot, Persad-
Bissessar said she would be
concerned about any minister
or former minister involved in
any nefarious activity.
She said she would want to
see the evidence first but she
would be concerned about
any citizen being involved in
any kind of criminal activity.
Reiterating that the toy
drive was not an election
gimmick or ploy, Persad-
Bissessar said she had been
distributing toys in her
constituency for over 25
years and when she was
elected Prime Minister she
expanded it to the rest of the
She expected that at the
end of the toy drive she
would have distrubuted toys
to 70,000 children and next
year, once she was still in
office, she intended to
increase the number of toys
to between 100,000 to
She also took a swipe at
the media over the recent
furore over gift vouchers
handed out to selected
journalists at her annual
"If you are not happy with
what we give you then don't
take it and give them back,"
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday
confirmed Cabinet did review an amendment
to a 2009 Cabinet note to expand the pool of
candidates for the acting commissioner of police
and deputy commissioner of police positions.
Ramlogan also confirmed he supported the
amendment even though it has since been shelved.
He added: "Yes, I supported this note. The
Cabinet note sought to expand the pool of officers
who may be considered for acting appointment
as CoP and deputy CoP, so that police officers
in the rank of superintendent and senior super-
intendent can also be considered."
Currently, only a deputy commissioner can be
acting appointments to the office of CoP but with
only three DCPs the selection pool is limited.
"This means only three persons in the entire
organisation are eligible to be considered for acting
appointments for the office of CoP. Similarly,
only an assistant CoP can be considered for acting
appointments to the office of deputy CoP," Ram-
He also said the proposed changes to the original
2009 legislation was not beneficial to any par-
"Every police officer from the rank of super-
intendent upwards would have become eligible
to be considered for acting appointment to the
two highest offices in the Police Service.
"Such a change would have created a new
dynamic in the Police Service. It would have
motivated officers to work harder as they could
aim for the top, based on merit and ability as
opposed to simple seniority," he added.
Ramlogan said it was "difficult" to justify what
he described as unfair restriction on acting
appointments to those top offices.
"No organisation can function properly if its
choices for acting appointments are limited to
just three persons out of a potential workforce
of 6,500 police officers," he said.
Ramlogan said it was "unfortunate" the Police
Social and Welfare Association president Anand
Ramesar did not appreciate such a proposal.
Media reports had suggested that Central Divi-
sion head Supt Johnny Abraham was tipped to
replace current acting CoP Stephen Williams if
the legislation had gone through.
Ramlogan said Abraham was an "excellent
police officer" but denied the law was being
amended to suit him.
He added: "The idea that the Government was
proposing this amendment to favour any par-
ticular police officer is nonsensical as the Gov-
ernment is not responsible for the selection of
"The procedure in law requires the PSC to
submit the names of shortlisted candidates to
the President who in turn submits nominations
in order of merit to the House of Representatives
"Acting appointments are made by the PSC
in its sole discretion. I have no doubt that his
claim for acting appointment or promotion can
and will be fairly considered with all other worthy
candidates who are suitably qualified."
Change could have
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