Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 3rd 2015 Contents A8
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Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams has defended
his right to transfer ace crime
fighter, Senior Supt Johnny Abra-
ham, from the Chaguanas to
Williams said yesterday that his
dissatisfaction with the level of
crime in the PoS division propelled
his decision to move Abraham, say-
ing his shift there could assist in
cleaning up the city s crime woes.
He denied there was anything
sinister in the move, as transfers
took place every month in the
service as he carried out his man-
date to manage it and place officers
where their services were required.
In an interview on i95.5FM yes-
terday, Williams said the PoS divi-
sion had the largest percentage of
serious crimes, woundings and
murders in T&T.
He said he was unhappy with
the crime statistics in the PoS Divi-
sion, so when the head of the divi-
sion applied for long vacation leave
he seized the opportunity to make
a positive impact on crime in that
division by placing Abraham in the
Of the murders in the country,
he said, "Twenty-two per cent of
all the murders in T&T are com-
mitted in the Port-of-Spain Divi-
sion, 35 per cent of all the serious
crime in T&T are committed in
the Port-of-Spain Division.
"We have nine police divisions,
so if one division is contributing
in such a large way, from a policing
perspective, it is one of the most
important divisions to control.
"If you cannot control crime in
the Port-of-Spain Division your
national picture is affected. In
looking at the Port-of-Spain Divi-
sion, you have to find a leader who
can get there and take charge and
seek to impact on crime."
He contended, "Johnny Abra-
ham is a senior superintendent,
he is a very active, 24/7 operational
person on the ground."
He said Abraham, whose trans-
fer has raised the ire of the
Chaguanas Business Association,
would get the resources required
to fight crime in Port-of-Spain.
Williams said prior to Abraham s
transfer he spoke with him and
shared with him his intention;
Abraham consented to the change.
"He agreed to support what was
my intention and he is doing that.
He is working hard and he has
agreed to give 100 per cent."
Responding to mounting pres-
sure by the business community
to have Abraham remain in Cen-
tral, Williams said, "I cannot look
at T&T only in the context of
Chaguanas. I have to look at T&T
as the entire T&T.
"I am running a police service
and dealing with crime across T&T
and I have to find the right place-
ments and that is exactly what I
CoP looks to
Johnny to curb
crime in city
agreed to provide a total
of $12.8 million to cover
the tuition costs of 67
medical students who
were selected to study
at the University of the
West Indies Mona and
Cave Hill campuses for
the academic period
In a release earlier this
week, the Ministry of
Finance confirmed that
the emergency provision
was announced by Min-
ister Colm Imbert after
considering the plight of
the T&T medical stu-
The students were
accepted at the UWI
campuses in Jamaica and
Barbados, but had been
left without any funding
from the Government
Assistance for Tuition
In the release, it was
revealed that although 72
students had been
accepted to study med-
icine at Mona, Jamaica,
only 39 were approved
for GATE financing by
the previous administra-
tion, leaving 33 students
without any assistance.
It was a similar situ-
ation at Cave Hill, Bar-
bados, where 54 students
were accepted for the
intake period 2015/2016,
but only 20 were
approved for funding,
leaving 34 students
In light of this, Imbert
announced the 67 stu-
dents would be provided
One of the defence attorneys representing the
three men accused of the 2013 murder of police
sergeant Hayden Manwaren is questioning the delay
in the start of the preliminary enquiry into the mat-
ter.The matter was set for mention before Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court yesterday but was adjourned.
But defence attorney Fareed Ali said the matter
has been delayed for too long now.
Ali questioned the delay, stating that both the
defence and the prosecution have been ready to move
forward with the matter for the past six months.
He said it was very disturbing for the defence as
the accused men, Kelvin Wallace, Keron Garcia and
Anthony Clement, have been in prison since 2013.
In October 2013, Manwaren was shot and killed
with his own gun during a fight with a robbery
suspect in San Fernando.
Constable Nicholas Philips was also shot in the
arm during the incident. SR
delay in cop's
Pupils of the Cunapo (St Francis) RC Primary School in Sangre Grande
interact with a police officer during their lunch break yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
with immediate funding
in keeping with the Peo-
ple s National Move-
ment s manifesto pledge
to increase the number
of trained medical pro-
fessionals in T&T.
The affected students
were advised to contact
the Ministry of Education
for further information.
Govt sets aside $12.8m for
GATE medical students
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