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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 12, 2015
Another example of wanton spending.
This is how leader of the Movement for Social Justice
(MSJ) David Abdulah yesterday described the Gov-
ernment s decision to spend US$5,000 per hour to
use the National Operations Centre s newly-leased
Sikorsky S76D helicopter.
A report yesterday said the NOC will pay US$9.9
million or TT$63 million for the five-year lease for
the helicopter. It was leased from the Milestone Avi-
Abdulah, addressing an MSJ media conference at
the party s headquarters in St Joseph Village, San Fer-
nando, said such an expenditure demonstrates that
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar cannot be
believed when she says the Government has cut wanton
spending. He said at a time when T&T is facing a
"very serious crisis" and government spending must
be reined in, the People s Partnership continues to
waste state resources.
"No one in the country believes that (Government
has cut wanton spending) because we saw $55 million
unbudgeted (funds) being distributed to churches just
before Christmas," Abdulah said.
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He added: We have seen Government advertising
taking place at unprecedented levels and we see in
the papers today (yesterday) the Government is leasing
helicopters at humongous amounts."
Abdulah said there was total lack of believability in
the Prime Minister s statement last week Thursday
when she said the Government will address the impact
falling oil prices has on the economy.
He said for the country to start to realise savings,
the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the San Fernando to
Point Fortin Highway must be halted and alternative
Abdulah also suggested that the $410 million Con-
stituency Development Fund, which was created in
the 2014/2015 national budget, can be removed as a
means to keep state spending down.
He said the Prime Minister blew a great opportunity
to make a proper statement to the nation on the true
state of the economy and the impact of falling oil
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Assistant Commissioner of
Police Wayne Dick says officers
of the Homicide Bureau are
sometimes assigned to each
investigate as many as 34 homi-
At a police news conference on
December 31, acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams
announced that the Homicide
Bureau received a boost of 100
detectives to assist in outstanding
investigations. Up to late yester-
day, the murder toll stood at 17
for the year.
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Dick, who is on vacation,
said any new officer will need
training, leadership and mentor-
The number of homicides Dick
gave as being under investigation
by a single officer was confirmed
yesterday by other officers
assigned to the Homicide Bureau.
"The first aspect is a training
plan, resources, physical resources
and structure of accountability,"
He said new or inexperienced
officers cannot just assume the
duty of a homicide officer.
"They need training, leadership
and mentorship. They need an
opportunity to go abroad and
work in the field for a short time.
There is a difference in policing
in American communities,
though," he said.
Dick said while he was on active
duty, he attempted to work on
several projects with an officer
who assisted in training and the
development of officers within
the United States Embassy.
"I was trying to put something
in place before the end of 2014.
The officers need mentorship
which will drive them to be like
their senior officers or even bet-
ter," he said.
He said solving murders were
not simple as "baking a cake" and
"Solving a homicide does not
have a time span for solving but
the best work that can be done
occurs within the first 72 hours
(after the crime occurs)," he said.
Dick said officers needed to pay
attention to current investigation
and those that are "hot" and
monitor those with "life in it."
He said the majority of senior
officers in the Police Service exec-
utive does not have major expe-
rience as homicides officers.
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MSJ: Helicopter lease is wanton spending
Senior cop: New homicide
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