Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 21st 2015 Contents A10
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To Be Announced
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams has challenged
senior officers to improve on
their level of performance this
He made the comment yester-
day while presenting letters of
promotion to five senior officers,
among them Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Donald Denoon
who has been confirmed in that
rank after acting in the post for
The brief promotion exercise
took place yesterday at Police
Administration Building, Port-
of-Spain. Williams told the
newly-promoted senior officers
that while progress was made in
reducing crime last year, which
decreased by 8.2 per cent over
2013, more needed to be done.
He also hoped the promotions
would present the added moti-
vation and drive to the officers.
Denoon, whose appointment
takes effect on Monday, will retain
executive responsibility for the
Central, South and South Western
If negotiations for police officers
are not favourably settled following
a meeting with the Chief Personnel
Officer (CPO) next Tuesday, then offi-
cers will take matters into their own
So said acting Insp Michael Seales
who urged the Government that the
time to "reciprocate" was now.
Officers had signalled their intention
of not reporting for duty on Carnival
Monday and Tuesday but after a meet-
ing with acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams they turned up for
Seales said officers have been "in
arrears" for the past five years and not
only have they been receiving 2010
salaries but negotiations were currently
"We have been waiting five years for
what our current salaries should be
and at this point the Government is
owing the Police Service big time.
"What happens to a person who is
in arrears of loan payments? Then the
assets are forfeited so in this regard the
association is saying why shouldn t
there be a consequence if the govern-
ment defaults on payment of monies
owed," Seales added.
He said officers kept their promise
to come out in full force during Carnival
but the morale in the Police Service
was still very low as officers were fed
up with the slow pace of negotiations
and no apparent attempt on the part
of the authorities to settle the matter.
"Depending on the outcome next
week Tuesday police officers will then
make a decision. They are waiting and
hoping that something would be placed
on the table and this would be readily
accepted based on their expectation.
"There is a cautious expectation that
next Tuesday would herald good news,"
He described the mood among the
membership as "somber," saying despite
the challenge officers were committed
"But if there is nothing favourable
come next Tuesday then that would
be a different matter and in that regard
the association would also be taking a
hands off approach. Should this happen
we would be leaving it entirely in the
hands of the membership.
"The association is also very worried
and fearful that what was planned dur-
ing Carnival maybe far more radical
and dangerous should negotiations be
unfavourable," Seales said.
He said although a counter offer was
made by the CPO the association was
told it could not be discussed as there
were no instructions to do so.
"We find this rather peculiar. The
fact that the CPO said there were no
instructions given indicates that there
is a higher principle than her who we
believe is the Government.
"So the statement that the Govern-
ment cannot get involve in negotiations
does not hold water with us," Seales
National Security Minister retired
Brigadier Carl Alfonso has promised
to look into the permanent appoint-
ment of a Commissioner of Police,
saying he has been told the "process"
has been causing the delay.
Alfonso was responding to questions
by members of the media at Thursday s
post-Cabinet media briefing at the San
Fernando Teaching Hospital, San Fer-
nando. Williams has been acting as
commissioner since July 31, 2012.
When asked why there was a delay
in appointing a CoP, Alfonso responded:
"I was told it s the process but nobody
has fully explained what the process
is."He noted his Defence Force experi-
ence has been quite different, saying
no officer in the Defence Force acted
in office for so long without an appoint-
"This seems to be strange, compared
to the Defence Force, to have someone
acting for so long."
He said while he did not know yet
what his course of action may be, he
would give it his best shot.
"I don t know yet what will be done
but I will give it my best effort to find
out if there is something that can be
done to speed up the process." (SS)
Cops: We'll act if no
progress by Tuesday
Denoon among five promoted
Alfonso to look into
'process' of naming CoP
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, fourth from right, congratulates ACP Donald Denoon on his
promotion while looking on, from right, are ACP Earla Christopher, acting Deputy Commissioner Glen Hackett
and acting Deputy Commissioner Harold Phillip. The other newly-promoted officers, from left, are Inspector
Don Gajadhar, ASP Rohan Pardasie, Supt Curtis Paul and Senior Supt John Richardson.
"I was told it's the 'process'
(causing the delay) but nobody
has fully explained what the
process is" ---Carl Alfonso
Other officers promoted
• Superintendent John
Richardson to the rank of
• Assistant Superintendent
Curtis Paul to Superintendent.
• Inspector Rohan Pardasie
to an Assistant
• Sergeant Don Gajadhar to
the rank of Inspector.
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