Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 3rd 2015 Contents A10
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Retiring Assistant Commissioner
of Police (ACP) in charge of the
North-Western Region, Stephen
Ramsubhag, says the biggest chal-
lenge facing the Police Service is
Ramsubhag, who officially ended
his 40-year career as a police officer
yesterday, said the leadership chal-
lenge was at all levels of the Police
"Leadership is one of the chal-
lenges we are facing at all levels of
the TTPS and there is no secret
"People are lacking knowledge
and experience in basic policing and
remember these are the people who
have to action issues brought by cit-
izens at the station level.
"These are the supervisors who
have to take charge and guide and
lead and that is what we are lacking,"
He made it clear, however, that
the majority of officers continued
to go above and beyond the call of
The availability to training, he
added, was no longer an issue as
police officers are exposed to oppor-
tunities, both local and abroad.
"It s not to say they are getting
the training because there is ongoing
training. To me they are not applying
themselves individually in order to
absorb that knowledge and discharge
"We have a lot of things taking
place and we are seeing more police
officers on the streets but it boils
down to job attitude.
"It is about the individual who is
passionate, who is committed to
perform. There are people who are
not like that so that is why there
are some of the problems and chal-
lenges we are facing with leadership,"
Asked what were the ranks being
affected by the problem Ramsubhag
identified from corporal to senior
He citied the recent case of Avien
Ramsumair as an example of police
officers failing to take charge.
Ramsumair reported to a daily
newspaper that she was beaten and
had a knife placed to her throat by
a male villager despite reports made
to the Gasparillo police.
"Is this fair? The police should
have intervened and taken action in
that matter and that is a domestic
"Regardless of what the police
could have intervened. So it shows
something is lacking with some offi-
cers themselves. They are not apply-
ing themselves to gain knowledge
and experience," Ramsubhag added.
On what may be the reason for
the failure of some officers to act
Ramsubhag said those officers may
lack a love and commitment to
policing."Some officers may use it
as a normal wage... just to collect
a salary at the end of the month to
fulfil their needs."
to Police Service
Retiring senior cop:
Retiring Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Ramsubhag in his office at Riverside Plaza, Port-of-
Spain. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
POLICE ON SUSPENSION
The disciplinary process was
also another issue which
needed to be addressed in the
Police Service as Ramsubhag
described it was very slow.
"I recommend that we
effectively apply the concept
of progressive discipline.
Discipline should be at the
front burner of the Police
Service in 2015.
"There are over 300 or 400
police officers on suspension
for various issues and again
the process is very slow,"
He said the issue of dismissal
was not as easy as it seemed
because for that to take place
the process must be
"The commissioner cannot
dismiss anyone unless the
process is finished and there is
evidence for him to dismiss.
"The commissioner's hands
are tied. He is not the
investigator and he is not the
tribunal," Ramsubhag added.
Progressive discipline, he said,
included oral reprimands and
issuing of memos.
"So it starts from oral, then it
goes to written and then they
move to sanctions.
"If we have swift prosecutions
within the regulations we
might see more police officers
being dismissed to send a
message out to the policing
public that no form of
dishonesty or discreditable
conduct would be condoned.
We have to send a message
He said that should not be
done by using a "big stick"
approach but by rather a
carrot and stick approach.
"If someone is working you
commend them but if
someone is not you apply the
concept of progressive
discipline in order that they
work and if they don't then
you take sanctions against
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