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Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams is expected to get a sixth exten-
sion from the Police Service Commission
(PSC) as his six-month tenure comes to
an end next month.
However, it is reported that there are
concerns among the first division officers
regarding the length of time it was taking
to recruit and appoint a substantive Police
Commissioner---more than two years.
One senior officer said yesterday it was
demoralising that Williams had not yet
been confirmed. He said it was also an
insult to Williams who had been working
to improve the Police Service.
It is understood that the tendering
process for selection of a firm to conduct
the recruitment was supposed to be done
by State-owned National Insurance Prop-
erty Development Company Ltd (Nipdec)
acting on behalf of the Service Commis-
sions Department. But this has been
International and regional companies
seeking to be selected to conduct the hiring
process would be examined on a range of
criteria including approach and method-
ology, qualification and experience as a
consulting firm and general background.
Local firms also have to submit statutory
After the process of selecting a firm is
completed, that firm will then go through
an additional time-consuming process of
seeking applicants and selecting candidates
to recommend to the PSC.
Williams is currently out of the country
attending a conference in the Caribbean
and could not be reached yesterday. His
last six-month extension was granted at
the end of January this year.
Williams has been acting since August
2012 following the resignations of Police
Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs and former
deputy commissioner Jack Ewatski.
JENSEN LA VENDE
A Laventille woman who was just
overcoming the grief after her husband
was murdered a year ago has been
thrown into mourning again after her
son was killed on Saturday.
Antoinette Richards said the murder
took place exactly one year and three days
since the shooting death of her husband,
Ralph Peters, at upper Duncan Street,
Port-of-Spain allegedly over the purchase
of the last pie at a nearby bakery.
On Saturday, gunmen dragged her 19-
year-old son Anthony Richards from a
car at Upper St Barbs, Laventille and shot
him. His attackers also smashed a beer
bottle in his face.
Speaking with the media outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday
Richards said after the killing of her hus-
band she became ill and moved out of
their Picton Road home. Since then, she
had been staying at her relatives home at
The teenager was on his way to his
mother s house at around 10 am on Sat-
urday when he was killed.
"I wasn t sick before they killed my
husband. Since then I sick. They kill my
son for nothing. He was a Cepep worker.
robbery or anything. He only used to lime
at home," Richards said.
She said that her son was a Muslim and
the area where he was killed is believed
to be controlled by the Rasta City gang.
She said her son was not involved in the
Rasta City vs Muslim war and questioned
why he was gunned down.
Richards said something must be done
so that mothers like her would not have
to be burying loved ones who were inno-
cently gunned down.
The Prison Officers Association says it
remains gravely concerned about the security
of officers as they continue to grapple with
attacks in and out of the prison.
Over the weekend, an officer was stabbed in
the face by an inmate at the Maximum Security
He remains warded at the Eric Williams Med-
ical Sciences Complex.
Another officer reported that his neighbour
saw gunmen in his yard while he was not at
Last week, the homes of three prisons officers
were shot at by gunmen.
President of the Prisons Officers Association
Ceron Richards has called for the closure of the
remand facilities and blamed Chief Justice Ivor
Archie for the backlog of cases that have not
been heard over the past years.
Richards said the overcrowding and delay in
remand prisoners getting their cases determined
has contributed to the problems at the remand
He said the association supported prison offi-
cers who did not wish to place their lives in
danger while working at the prison.
Prisons officers on probation have been man-
ning the prison following a fracas two weeks
ago when 25 inmates were injured along with
five officers at the Golden Grove Remand Prison.
In a brief interview yesterday, secretary of the
association Gerard Gordon said lawlessness con-
tinued to overtake the nation s prisons and offi-
cers believe more officers could be attacked as
they sought to maintain a secure environment.
Officers claimed that they were being attacked
for asking inmates to return to their cells and
to put their shirt in their pants.
"It is clear that prisons officers are not citizens
of this country. It is clear that our sacrifice which
extends to our lives mean nothing to government
after government," he said.
"We obviously have no family or people who
loves us. We are lower than stray dogs who are
still allowed to roam our streets freely. What is
happening behind the prison walls and is being
supported by an impotent judicial system and
lack of support form those with the power to
assist will continue to unfair burden the Prison
He said the lives of officers were at risk and
changes were necessary to the system.
"Prison officers have bled and continue to
bleed and stand where much of our population
refuse to tread because of deep seated patriotism
and genuine love for our families.
"Sweeping changes are necessary but the fight
to maintain law and order behind the walls of
the nation s prisons will remain ours we will
continue to do the best we could," he said.
Williams likely to get
another acting stint
Teenager dragged from car, executed
TV6 reporter Alicia Boucher consoles
Antoinette Richards outside the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday. Richards'
son, Anthony (inset), was shot dead.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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