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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 14, 2015
Unfazed by his resounding defeat in the St Joseph
by-election two years ago, entertainer Errol Fabien
has thrown his hat in the ring yet again for next
month s general election.
Speaking at the launch of his independent campaign
for the marginal constituency at George Earl Park, Aber-
cromby Street, St Joseph, on Wednesday night, the
comedian and media personality admitted he was facing
a daunting task going up against the candidates from
the country s main political parties, Communication
Minister Vasant Bharath (UNC) and sitting MP for the
area Terrance Deyalsingh (PNM).
"In 2013 I got 300 votes. At least we stand up and
started something. I don t ever worry about small starts
because we have to finish strong.
"Look at the representatives that ask to be chosen
to represent you. If they are not prepared to run as an
independent then they
only care for themselves
and are not willing to rep-
"They are here to har-
ness your votes for Keith
and Kamla. I am here for you," Fabien said.
Throughout his speech to the modest crowd of almost
three dozen people, Fabien repeatedly called on con-
stituents of the area and citizens acrosss T&T to reject
political parties in favour of Independent candidates.
Revealing some of his plans if elected in the September
7 poll, Fabien said he was focused on finding sustainable
employment for youths in impoverished communities
throughout the constituency.
However, he was careful to note that he would not
support a welfare system of "handouts".
"People who want an MP to give out food cards and
CEPEP and URP work, I am not that man. Whatever
you are willing to get up off your butts to get I will be
there to help to get it," Fabien said.
In additional to housing, crime and the equitable
distribution of the country s wealth, Fabien also took
serious issue with the Government and its predecessors
handling of the performing arts.
He also suggested that if he and other Independent
candidates were elected they could be the stimulus
for meaningful discussions on national issues instead
of the "bacchanal" currently dominating parliamentary
Fabien to contest St Joseph
Police officers may soon have their
daily duties monitored as the service
moves to launch its pilot project on
officers wearing body cameras.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams said the Police Service would
soon launch the project.
Recently the item showed its hand-
iness in the United States with the activ-
ities of their officers being monitored.
"It is a feature of the future and we
identified it as critical step as we go
forward. We are going on an experiment
with the body cameras on officers," he
Williams declined to give a date when
the pilot project would be introduced
but, however, said it was "very soon."
He added: "We will be launching off
on an experiment on body cameras. It s
about finding ways and means of
improving issues of communications
and capturing events.
"We have people with cellphones
capturing events and we want to know
what has happened with an officer
and members of the public. This is
the best way, which is necessary."
He said it was a step in the right
direction to improve the organisation.
"It comes by way of the Police Service
realising what is happening globally and
locally and moving an organisation for-
ward and making improvements nec-
essary to build a relationship with mem-
bers of the public and this what we are
doing," he said.
In 2010, then acting Deputy Police
Commissioner Gilbert Reyes said the
Police Service was not authorised to
use taser guns and therefore the
weapons were illegal.
Yet, that year, six Central Division
officers, among them a sergeant,
appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate
on three counts of misbehaviour in
public office charged with an alleged
taser gun attack on a Tunapuna fam-
ily.He said several officers were charged
with the taser gun attack. He did not
want to comment further on that matter
as it was still before the court.
However, he said: "The Police Service
will be moving forward to provide var-
ious force options for officers while on
duty. The force options we are working
on are where there is non-lethal force
and up (wards).
"The issue of lethal force where dif-
ferent considerations are used, force,
tools and equipment," he said.
When questioned on the issue of the
new uniforms for the service, the acting
Police Commissioner said: "I am not
speaking on that but we have been
exploring the issue."
President of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association Insp Anand
Ramesar said: "We support it (the body
cameras). It s about time and it is long
Body cameras for cops coming soon
Independent candidate Errol Fabien speaks to St
Joseph resident Shari Petti during the launch of his
election campaign at the George Earle Park, St Joseph,
on Wednesday night. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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