Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 12th 2015 Contents Vice president of the Police
Social and Welfare Association
Insp Roger Alexander is advo-
cating that the new People s
National Movement (PNM)
Government and National Secu-
rity Minister Major Edmund
Dillon confirm acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen
Williams as CoP.
Williams has been acting in his
position since August 7, 2012, when
he succeeded then Canadian com-
missioner Dwayne Gibbs.
"It is important to confirm Mr
Williams' appointment as commis-
sioner because you eliminate the
thought of people saying that the
police is politically aligned. We want
to keep police independent at all
times," Alexander said.
He also called on Dillon to provide
Williams with the necessary tools
to adequately fight crime and allow
him to manage the resources.
Pledging to assist the new Gov-
ernment in the crime fight, Alexan-
der also called for a commitment
from Dillon to ensure that the new
Government did not pressure the
police or try to influence their inves-
"Do not get involved and put
unnecessary pressure on the police
while they conduct investigations
because when you do that, it seem
you are interfering," Alexander said
in a telephone interview on
He said the fight against crime
was not a lost cause and also urged
better patrols along T&T's porous
The proper monitoring of immi-
grants, the establishment of a DNA
database, as well as legislation to
extract samples from people enter-
ing and exiting the country, he said,
would also assist in the fight against
"We need to have a proper data-
base with immigrants because right
now we have no information on
these foreigners. We need to pass
laws so that we can extract DNA
from every citizen and from every
person entering and exiting T&T.
This will assist us in fighting crime,"
He added that all citizens must
be able to provide identification if
they were outside their homes.
Alexander said proper discipline
must be instilled in students
between the ages of 14 and 19.
"We can use institutions like the
Girl Guides, the Scouts and the Red
Cross to instill these values," Alexan-
der said. (RS)
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Long lines outside the LCL ware-
house continued on the Point Lisas
Industrial Estate, despite assurances
from Point Lisas Industrial Port Devel-
opment Corporation (Plipdeco)
authorities that the situation was
Calls are now being made for the Ag
Comptroller of Customs and Excise
Ammar Samaroo and Acting Deputy
Comptroller for Enforcement Glen
Singh to investigate the matter.
On Thursday, scores of people arrived
at the warehouse from 5 am, but around
8.40 am, security guards informed cus-
tomers that they had reached their
Only 100 customers were serviced
that day and the rest were turned away.
"I have been waiting here since 5.15
am and they told me that I have to
come back tomorrow. Customs officers
who turned up for duty explained they
were unwilling to take any more cus-
tomers although there have been a
backlog all week this week," one cus-
He explained that operations were
shut down all day on Monday so work-
ers could exercise their civic duty on
"Hundreds of others who turned up
today, having been denied in similar
fashion from days before, were told to
try again tomorrow.
"Plipdeco continues to either pretend
not to know what's going on or are
uncaring towards customers' needs.
Clearly there is an issue there which
needs to be addressed," the customer,
who declined to give his name, said.
Despite complaints from customers
and evidence of long lines outside the
warehouse, Plipdeco's manager of mar-
keting and business, Shelly Balkissoon,
said on Wednesday that there were no
delays in the clearing of barrels.
She said there was an unusually high
number of customers and normally
between 120 and 130 customers were
serviced per day. She said the number
of people serviced was determined by
the Customs and Excise staff.
Several attempts made to contact
Samaroo and Singh for comment were
A customs officer explained that
since the staff moved to a new building
the phone system had been dysfunc-
tional. A customs officer from San Fer-
nando said Samaroo was the only per-
son authorised to speak.
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