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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 4, 2016
A commercial bank teller s diligence ended
the reign of a fraudster yesterday when he was
arrested for trying to illegally encash a pension
Police said the man, who gave addresses in
Couva and Diego Martin, will be put in an iden-
tification parade today as he was also suspected
of cashing other cheques using fake identification
cards and drivers permits.
In the latest incident, the suspect went to First
Citizens Marabella branch around 11.30 am to
cash a cheque in the name of a Tunapuna woman.
He told the teller he was authorised to encash
the cheque and gave her two forms of identification
but on checking the teller discovered an error
Police were contacted and San Fernando
Fraud Squad officers, led by Snr Supt
Totaram Dookie, ASP Kent Ghisyawan and
Sgt Byron Popan, went to the bank and
arrested the man. He was taken to the
Marabella Police Station for questioning.
Police said the name on his identification
card was not his real name, adding that he
had used several cards before with different
names but the same identification card number.
He is expected to be charged with various counts
of fraud later this week.
Police yesterday discovered the video
recording of a 31-year-old security officer
forcing a five-year-old girl to perform oral
sex on him was just one of a number sexual
acts the man committed against the child.
According to police, investigators examined
the man s cellphone yesterday and saw images
of the suspect sexually molesting the child.
The man also had more than one video of
the sexual act on his phone and several pictures
of himself engaging in various sexual activities
with the child.
The child was also examined and a report
confirmed she was violated, police said.
Police said when the video recording was
discovered last week, the man, who is originally
from the South Western Division, was chased
out of the home and has been in hiding since.
The child s mother then reported the matter
to the Rio Claro police.
Eastern Division police officers are working
closely with their colleagues in the South West-
ern Division and are expected to make an arrest
The Police Service Social and Welfare Asso-
ciation is seeking clarity from Government
on how its new three dimensional leadership
structure in the National Security Ministry
will interact with the daily operations of the
"While Government s three-member National
Security team is welcome, the new configuration
needs to tread carefully concerning potential
erosion of the role of the Police Commissioner
and Police Service Commission (PSC)," asso-
ciation head Anand Ramesar said yesterday.
He spoke following the appointment of Glen-
da Jennings-Smith, specialising in police mat-
ters, to the National Security Ministry leader-
ship. She joins Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis
Moses, Minister in the Ministry of National
Security, to work alongside Minister Edmund
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said on
Tuesday despite criticism when Jennings-
Smith offered herself as a People s National
Movement (PNM) candidate, having
recently retired from the Police Service,
the PNM had seen her police background
as an opportunity to offer the Police Serv-
ice, management and guidance from the
political directorate and executive in a way
the service has not had for quite some
Yesterday, Ramesar said: "I want to con-
gratulate Mrs Jennings-Smith on her appoint-
ment. She s indeed a very hard working person,
very passionate about policing.
He said it was good to say there was inclusion
on the national security team of someone on
the government side with police experience
which hasn t been present for a while.
"However," Ramesar added, "one of my con-
cerns is the role of the Police Service in relation
to the three-dimensional approach articulated
by the Prime Minister and how it (approach)
relates to police operations. Those operations
should be led by the Commissioner of Police
while Government should be driving policy."
Calling for clarity on how the three-dimen-
sional structure will interact in the daily oper-
ations of the Police Service, Ramesar added:
"For all intents and purposes the Police Serv-
ice should not only be protected from political
interference but also every effort should be
made to ensure that not even a perception of
political interference is created.
"We are uplifted by seeing efforts to improve
public safety and the National Security Ministry.
However, I wish to suggest clarity on the issue
be given to the Police Service as priority.
"We will call on Government to carry out
its promise to ensure a manpower audit for the
service. The experiences of the association
have demonstrated this is necessary. We see a
lot of changes taking place in National Security
but the vehicle for national security is the Police
Service and its functionality needs to be over-
hauled and efforts made to improve its per-
formance in order to successfully reduce crime."
Additionally, he added, the association was
also concerned about the role of the PSC. "It
seems that in small amounts, the relevance of
the PSC is being eroded though they haven t
been performing to justify their retention," he
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