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for 25TH JUNE, 2015
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams yesterday suspended secretary
of the Police Service Social and Welfare
Association Insp Michael Seales for appar-
ently talking out of turn and bringing the
service into disrepute but he says he did
so with a clean heart.
Williams suspended Seales from duty one
day after he said on a television talk show
that Government was attempting to provoke
the police so that a state of emergency could
be declared in order to delay the September
7 general election.
A full-scale probe has also been ordered
into the comments made by Seales and
Assistant Commissioner of Police Deodath
Dulalchan has been appointed to conduct
In a brief interview yesterday, Williams
said he ordered the suspension after a lot
of careful consideration.
In defending his decision, Williams said:
"I stay on the side of being conservative.
I am not a radical."
A release from the Police Service yesterday
said Seales suspension arose as a result of
an allegation of serious misconduct.
Seales had also claimed the Government
was using the current wage negotiations
with the Police Service to frustrate officers
and to force them to react so there would
be a reason to call a state of emergency.
"The fact is that the intelligence coming
to us at the association is that there is a
concerted effort to bring a situation about
that they provoke the membership of the
Police Service so that the membership will
react outwardly," Seales had said.
But urging officers not to be "duped" by
the ploy, he added: "And so let me say pub-
licly and appeal to the membership: Please
do not be duped into doing anything foolish
because the reason why we are saying that
is because we are hearing that there is a
position to provoke the police so they can
call a state of emergency to delay the elec-
He had made the statements while he
and the association s president, Insp Anand
Ramesar, were guests on TV6 s Morning
Edition with host Fazeer Mohammed.
On Wednesday, the association suddenly
cancelled a press conference which it had
called earlier in the day to deal with salary
negotiations with the Chief Personnel Officer
(CPO) for the period 2011 to 2013. The media
was given no explanation for the sudden
Pressed then for a comment, Seales only
said that "circumstances changed suddenly."
The sudden cancellation comes just two
days after CPO Stephanie Lewis had can-
celled her weekly Tuesday morning meeting
with the association, saying she had nothing
new to offer them beyond her 14 per cent
proposed wage increase.
Calls to Seales phone went unanswered
Interim Political Leader of the Alliance of
Independents (AOI) Gary Griffith has thrown
his full support behind acting Commissioner
Stephen Williams, commending him on his
decision to suspend Seales for what the AOI
described as an irresponsible and reckless
Griffith said Seales' statement was a
continuation of a series of "imprudent acts and
public statements" made by a few
representatives of the Police Social and
Welfare Association which had done little to
foster and develop a stronger bond between
the public and members of the Police Service.
"These statements come on the heels of the
'Day of Total Policing,' which caused undue
hardship to thousands of citizens and a virtual
shutdown of the main arteries of the capital,"
"Whilst we recognise and understand the
role of the Police Social and Welfare
Association, we must be aware that a firm and
decisive line must be drawn between what is
considered responsible and irresponsible
He added that responsible behaviour was
even more important by those who were
charged with upholding the law.
"Further, the constant public interrogation of
the Commissioner of Police only adds to the
perception of an undermining of his authority
and adds to the already challenging issues of
public confidence," Griffith said.
One of the roles of the Police Service, he
added, was to ensure a sense of calm and
stability among the population.
But Griffith said a representative of the
association suggesting he has intelligence a
state of emergency could be pending as an
attempt to stall a constitutional general
election had done just the opposite of the role
of maintaining order.
"And hence this statement must be
condemned at the highest level and the person
who made such a dangerous allegation, which
equates to a sitting Government attempting to
affect our democracy, must immediately
submit any shred of evidence to justify this
allegation," Griffith added.
Acting CoP suspends Seales, orders probe and says:
I acted with a
FLASHBACK: Michael Seales, right, general secretary Police Service Second Division
Association, receives his letter of promotion to inspector from acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams during a ceremony at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain,
in December. Seales was suspended yesterday over allegations of serious misconduct.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
GRIFFITH SHOWS SUPPORT
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