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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Despite threats from the Police Service
Social and Welfare Association that its
members intend to stay away from duty
on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, the
executive of the T&T Police Service is
giving the assurance that police will be
out in full force alongside other members
of the various arms of national security.
Speaking at the weekly press briefing at
the Police Administration Building, Port-
of-Spain, yesterday, acting Deputy Com-
missioner of Police Harold Phillip, the Gold
Commander in charge of security opera-
tions for Carnival 2015, assured there would
be a full complement of police for the sea-
"I want to assure the public the Police
Service is prepared and ready to fulfil its
responsibility and ensure that Carnival 2015
will be safe and successful.
"The Police Service continued its final
collaboration with our stakeholders, in par-
ticlar our security stakeholders, including
the Defence Force, the National Operation
Centre, the Customs and Excise Division,
the Fire and Prison Services and the Office
of Disaster Preparedness," he added.
Phillip said municipal police and security
officers at the various ports would also be
assisting in the effort to ensure the 2015
Carnival experience was a safe one.
Saying there would be a team effort to
ensure the security blanket will cover the
nine policing divisions, Phillip said there
were some 32 locations throughout the
country where Carnival activities were
expected to take place.
"All of our divisions have been allocated
adequate resources with respect to man-
power and logistical support and we are
expecting a full complement of our police
officers, both the regular police officers
and our special reserve police officers, to
be on the road on both Carnival Monday
and Tuesday. We would be both in uniform
and plain clothes," Phillip said.
He also warned drivers to obey all the
traffic restrictions as wreckers would be
out in full swing.
Phillip was also appointed by acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams to probe
enquiries into allegations of an attempt to
pervert the course of justice by former attorney
general Anand Ramlogan.
Asked what was the status of the inves-
tigations, however, corporate communications
manager Ellen Lewis instead answered for
Phillip, saying a statement will be issued at
the end of the probe.
turnout in jeopardy...
'Fed up' cops face
Attempts are being made by the State to charge
several leading members of the associations rep-
resenting arms of national security under the
Sources said yesterday that was one of the reasons
why heads of the bodies, representing the Police,
Prisons and Fire Services, had to hold a meeting
and press conference at an abandoned building in
Port-of-Spain, was to address their concerns over
stalled salary negotiations and safety issues.
Speaking during the press conference, president
of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association
Anand Ramesar said although his members would
comply with the law, their turnout for Fantastic
Friday (tomorrow) and upcoming Carnival events
could be in jeopardy.
He said the police were disgruntled and fed up
with the lack of concern over their salary dispute
and believe Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
must intervene at this point.
"Enough is enough. It ends today. The officers
are not going on without baton, a gun, or a bul-
let-proof vest. Take notice and take it into con-
sideration. We want to perform but don t take us
for fools," Ramesar said
He said his colleagues had turned out for the
National Panorama semi-finals despite threatening
not to do so because they were under the belief
their issue would have been addressed during a
meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Personnel Offi-
cer. However, he said, those negotiations again
"This is what the results of the culmination of
frustration are. They started to talk about it but
with the expectations they would respond to their
plight and now there is no respect for the police
officer," he added.
Despite that, he said the police would not do
At the press conference, the police complained
they were being threatened by other members of
the service for their stance.
They noted that several ministers recently said
members of the protective services were not sup-
posed to take protest action as it was against the
law. Some officers said they were under scrutiny
and believed their phones were even tapped.
President of the Prison Officers Association
Ceron Richards said his members turned out yes-
terday to give support and move with solidarity.
"We need the public to realise that something
is wrong. There are officers in other organisations
making more. We have to pool together," he said.
Fire Services Association president Leo
Ramkissoon said his organisation was supposed
to be leading in the market in jobs that were receiv-
ing a good compensation package.
"We are supposed to inspire others to be officers
and attract the youths. We also have a brain drain,"
Despite cops' threats DCP pledges safe Carnival
San Fernando East Secondary School student Suraj Ramdass-Singh is lifted to the stage ahead of his winning performance of My
Trinbago in the Secondary Schools category of the National Carnival Chutney Foundation's Soca Monarch Competition at the Carnival
Village, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag ACP) in
charge of Mobile Deodath Dulalchan, who was
also present at yesterday's press conference,
said there have been 11 road fatalities for the
year and eight of the victims were pedestrians.
Describing this as alarming, Dulalchan urged
pedestrians to use the walkovers and wait until
the road was clear to cross.
He said the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch
would double its effort to ensure there was
safety on the nation's roads.
So far this year, he said, just over 5,000 traffic
tickets have been issued for various offences.
"Although we have 'sober zones' where
persons can come to get their alcohol level
tested, we still have partygoers not willing to
visit these zones and as a consequence we
would have done over 2,000 driving under the
influence tests and over 200 persons would
have been charged for being under the influence
of alcohol," Dulalchan said.
He said on Ash Wednesday there will be
"sober zones" at Maracas Bay and at the Caura
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