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Relatives of wounded police
officer Kashyap Lochan are dis-
appointed that his colleagues left
him at the mercy of gunmen
when he responded to an armed
robbery in progress at Vietnam
Bar in Barrackpore last Friday.
Lochan s cousin Ricky Ramb-
hajan said after looking at the
footage on Crime Watch they were
appalled to see the response of the
two officers with Lochan. He said
they failed to cover him when he
was shot repeatedly.
Rambhajan also disputed reports
that Lochan was not getting the
best care at the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital where he remained
warded under police guard.
"He is getting good treatment
and he is much better. He is talking
and we are happy and proud that
he is recovering well," Rambhajan
Asked whether Lochan planned
to stay in the Police Service, Ramb-
hajan said, "It s a little too early
to say but we think he should stay.
This should not deter him." He
said Lochan s parents were very
supportive of him. Hospital offi-
cials said Lochan might be dis-
charged by weekend. Once he
returns home, additional precau-
tions would be taken.
Rambhajan said it might be a
few months before Lochan healed
Sacrificing quality for quantity.
That was how president of the Police
Service Social and Welfare Association
Insp Anand Ramesar summed up the
training of police officers.
He said if modern policies were not
implemented to train police recruits there
would be more incidents like that of the
shooting of PC Kashyap Lochan and
At the same time, Ramesar commend-
ed Lochan, who has been in the service
for only seven months, for displaying
dedication and bravery in the line of
Ramesar said an examination of the
incident involving Lochan showed the
service sorely lacked proper policies.
He said back in the 1980s, officers
underwent some 18 months of train-
ing---six months in what was known as
the Police Barracks, six months on the
job and six months back in the barracks,
with one month of vacation.
Now a person undergoes six months
of training to become a police officer
and six weeks for a Special Reserve Police.
"The training is more academic than
actual physical training. A lot of the drills
have been cut out.
"When we evaluate it, we recognised
that the organisation lacks policies and
proper modules when it comes to training
and development that is structured to
providing the relevant competencies for
police officers," Ramesar said.
He said simulation exercises must be
a part of the training process if the service
was expected to produce quality offi-
"The Commissioner of Police needs
to put proper modules in place when it
comes to training. We need the simu-
lation training that is taking place in first
world countries like that of New York.
"We need to look at those countries
where policing and best practices operate.
We need to bring real training where
officers would be faced with dangers like
close combat and real shooting situa-
tions," Ramesar added.
He said such recommendations were
made to acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams but were yet to be
Executive members of the association
are expected to meet with Williams early
next week and top on the agenda is the
issue of training.
At the weekly press briefing held at
the Police Administration building in
Port-of-Spain yesterday, public infor-
mation officer Supt Joanne Archie said
the service was faced with challenges,
but this would not deter officers from
carrying out their duties.
She said members of the public needed
to be reminded that crime was not a
static phenomenon but rather dynamic.
"The guarantee I would give members
of the public is that the police officers
would continue in all their initiatives to
ensure crime is reduced and the fear of
crime is also reduced.
"The public s fear needs to be allayed.
In some areas we have had some suc-
cesses but we are also saying we need
to do more. When we look at our sta-
tistics and feedback from members of
the public we agree there is so much
more to do and which we are working
on," Archie added.
She said many of the investigations
which were solved were based on infor-
mation from the public.
On the issue of training, she said, offi-
cers in their line of duty were faced with
"We are aware of what is happening
and it is not the first time one of our
officers have been shot.
"We continue to train our officers and
ensure they are equipped when they go
out there to deal with crime and the
lawlessness that pervades," Archie said.
When contacted, DCP Simon Alexis,
who is the provost at the Police Training
Academy, in St James, said he was in a
meeting and could not comment.
Minister of National Security
Gary Griffith said arrangements
were being made to have sim-
ulation training organised for
all police officers through the
Ministry of National Security
"We will be getting an indoor
shooting range. We have to do
the tender process for this. We
will also have simulation training
to give the officers the opportu-
nity to look at different scenarios
based on the threat.
"We will train them to use
minimal force. They will be
trained in how to use verbal per-
suasion and then the baton, then
pepper spray and tasers before
using their firearm. There will be
drills for proper operation," he
Griffith said training directors
went to the Waterloo Training
College, in the United States, last
year for training in dealing with
all scenarios including road
blocks, vehicle searches, car chas-
es, aggressive confrontations, and
Insp Anand Ramesar
Griffith: Simulation training for police soon
'Fellow officers failed Lochan'
A man who was inside the bar
during the robbery said two off-
duty police officers were in the
bar when the bandits struck but
they too failed to intervene.
"It was very poor response
from the police. The police were
very inexperienced. We were
inside the gaming room when
two men, one with a ski mask
and the other with a green cam-
ouflage bandanna over his face,
walked in. The man with the
automatic gun said Lie on (exple-
tive) ground and if you raise your
head, I will buss way your (exple-
tive) skull, " the witness said,
speaking on condition of
About 25 people were inside
the bar, he said. After shoving
thick wads of cash into the bag,
the robbers saw Lochan
approaching on the surveillance
camera. Lochan kicked the door
which swung open and the gun-
"While the shots were firing,
there was no talking. After the
12th shot, one of the bandit start
to bawl, Dog come, I have you
covered, dog come. He start to
fire at the police car with an auto-
matic weapon. The police were
not prepared. They couldn t even
take out the safety from the gun.
"The WPC was so shaken that
other police officers had to pick
up Lochan and carry him to the
hospital. She hid in the police car.
The bandits had a lot of time to
escape," the witness said.
After Lochan was placed in the
car, the vehicle broke down at
Monkey Town and another police
car had to take the injured officer
to the hospital, another source
He said the off-duty police
officers and the back-up officers
could have held the robbers if
there was proper co-ordination
and response among them.
...Off-duty cops were in the bar---witness
Screen grabs from a
security footage at
Vietnam bar on the
night of the shooting.
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