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The Police Service Social and Wel-
fare Association says it intends to go
to court and file an injunction if head
of Central Division, Senior Supt of
Central Division Johnny Abraham, is
granted an extension upon his expected
retirement in November.
The association added it had the
backing of members of the First Division
who agreed that should Abraham be
given an extension it would destroy the
fabric of the rank-and-file.
The association s secretary, Insp
Michael Seales, said it was brought to
its attention that certain Chaguanas
businessmen were organising a petition
to take to the Government to secure an
extension for Abraham.
Saying the association had nothing
personal against him, Seales said he,
like everyone else who has reached
retirement age, must go.
"Johnny Abraham, like anyone else,
must not be granted an extension. He
has served his time and upon comple-
tion he must take his leave. We are not
singling out Mr Abraham but merely
ensuring that those worthy of being
promoted be given the opportunity to
"We took the same stance with
Wayne Dick and Glenda Jennings-Smith
when they too had to leave the Police
Service upon retirement," Seales said.
He said even though Abraham was
a member of the association he did not
understand the fundamentals of the
"It is service before self and this is
the responsibility of the association and
it seems that Mr Abraham does not
"We will not sacrifice the integrity
of the association for one man. We have
an obligation to the membership and
we also will ensure that the office of
the Commissioner of Police is not com-
promised," Seales added.
He said during the recently-conclud-
ed Joint Select Committee meeting of
the March 23 day of "total policing", it
appeared that Abraham was "promoting
himself," as he seemed to be "selling
himself as the best policeman."
That, Seales added, also appeared to
have gained favour with some members
of the committee who promised to
ensure that Abraham remained in the
When he appeared before the com-
mittee last month Abraham had iden-
tified the Guard and Emergency Branch
(GEB) in the Police Service as instru-
mental in carrying out the "total polic-
ing" operation which had crippled T&T.
Asked if he had believed the action
was triggered by ongoing wage nego-
tiations, Abraham had said he did not
want to draw any conclusions but added
if that was the case then it was a "very
sad day" in the Police Service.
On whether that was an attempt to
discredit Abraham, Seales maintained
that was not the case.
He also insisted the slow pace of
negotiations had nothing to do with
the day of "total policing".
The association has also been vocal
about Abraham s son, Justin, receiving
preferential treatment upon his arrest
on charges of demanding money by
menace and misbehaviour in public
The Police Service Social and
Welfare Association, the Prisons
Association and the Fire Service
Association have collectively
written to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar to intervene
immediately in salary negotia-
The Police Association s secre-
tary, Insp Michael Seales, con-
firmed the associations had written
to the PM and were awaiting a
"We are suggesting to the Prime
Minister how best we can arrive
at a decision much quicker than
"It would involve every member
of the association to bring this
matter to a close so that this point
in time every association---the
Police, Fire and Prisons---is await-
ing a response," Seales added.
When the Police Association
met with Chief Personnel Officer
Stephanie Lewis on Tuesday at her
office, St Vincent Street, Port-of-
Spain, she maintained her position
of 14 per cent.
After that meeting Seales had
said: "We would have also had
previous conversations with the
CPO and she would have indicated
that the offer on the table is her
final offer which is the 14 per cent.
"The association has looked at
it and is continuously considering
it."On the feedback from the mem-
bership, given the fact that the
matter has been dragging on for
several months, Seales had also
said that there was a sense of panic
by officers, especially as Parliament
was about to be dissolved.
But he expressed confidence
there would be a favourable out-
At the opening of the Maloney
Police Station last month, Persad-
Bissessar said salary negotiations
for the police would n be conclud-
"I was told that by Brigadier
Alfonso (Minister of National
Security) today that there seems
to be an end to the negotiations
for the salary negotiations with
respect to the TTPS and I am sure
many officers who are here and
who are listening will be happy to
know that we hope to conclude
those salary negotiations very
soon," Persad-Bissessar had said.
Help us in
Cops, firemen, prisons officers to PM:
Police Association on Abraham's retirement:
If he stays, we'll go to court
The complement of senior officers within the Defence Force has been increased by five with the
promotion of three Regiment Officers to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and two Coast Guard officers to
the rank of Commander.
The promotion, conducted by Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj at the Defence Force
Headquarters, Airways Road, Chaguaramas, took effect from June 1.
The newly promoted Regiment officers promoted are Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Peter Ganesh to the
position of Assistant Chief Staff Officer (ACSO) Project Management, Lt Col Patrick Gomez who now
holds the portfolio of ACSO Sustainment and Lt Col Sheldon Ramanan who is now the Deputy Staff Judge
Advocate. The Coast Guard officers promoted are new Commanders Israel Dowlat who now holds the
portfolio of ACSO Medical and Daryl Dindial who is now the ACSO Human Resource.
In photo from back row left are Lt Col Peter Ganesh, Lt Col Patrick Gomez, Lt Col Sheldon Ramanan,
Commanders Israel Dowlat and Daryl Dindial while seated in front row from left are Commanding Officer
of the Regiment Col Rodney Smart, Chief of Defence Staff Maj Gen Kenrick Mahahraj, Commanding
Officer of the Coast Guard Capt Hayden Pritchard and Commanding Officer of the Air Guard Capt Darryl
Contacted yesterday regrading the
petition Abraham said: "Hear what
to do. Call Seales and ask him what
the Chaguanas businessmen doing.
I doh know nothing about that."
He then hung up the phone before
further questions could be asked.
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