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A pre-action protocol letter is
expected to reach the desk of Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi on Monday,
outlining the intention of the Police
Service Social and Welfare Association
to legally challenge why some 2,000
Special Reserve Police officers (SRPs)
have not been absorbed into the Police
Service after waiting as long as 15
The association s president, Insp
Anand Ramesar, said these officers had
a legal and legitimate expectation of
entering the service but had repeatedly
faced several stumbling blocks.
He said at a meeting last month,
National Security Minister Edmund
Dillon gave the assurance that the SRPs
would be absorbed.
The criteria for such appointments,
Ramesar said, were also sent to acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams
but to date no response had been given.
Among the criteria stated were the
length of time someone was an SRP
and his or her performance record.
"The SRPs should have been
absorbed quite a while ago because
there are people who would have made
between five to 20 years and still func-
tioning as SRPs and to date they have
not experienced any proper terms and
conditions of employment," Ramesar
The officers were frustrated by the
inordinate delay, he said, and the matter
had also affected their well-being and
"With all intent and purposes I
expect this matter to be treated with
the utmost urgency. Absorption of SRPs
is a Cabinet decision and this was yet
to be done," Ramesar added. Action by
the Government would lead to the asso-
ciation altering its intended course of
action, he said.
Ramesar: SRPs waiting
too long for appointment
Poor structures in Police Service
The management of the Police
Service needs to be held
accountable as the association has
accused it of not executing its
strategic plans, failing to meet its
target and failing to match its
performance with its mission and
"There is too much dead weight
in the administrative structure,"
Ramesar said. He also accused the
Police Service Commission of being
"very lethargic" in measuring
performance at the management
"When it comes to its function it
is the view of a lot of the members
that the Police Service Commission
is a failure. Nobody knows what is
the state of affairs of the selection
of a commissioner of police,"
And with the alarming rate of
violent crimes, he said, a manpower
audit of the service was long
overdue. Ramesar said the current
state of affairs was not a true
reflection of the ability of the
service to counter the prevalence
of crime in the country.
The State has been ordered to pay compen-
sation to a police officer who was seriously
injured after he attempted to intervene in a
fight among prisoners at the San Fernando
Magistrates Court in 2009.
High Court Judge Ronnie Boodoosingh made
the order as he delivered a 12-page judgment
in which he ruled that the State was negligent
in the incident that led to the injuries sustained
by PC Bunny Ali.
Boodoosingh did not specify the amount of
compensation to be paid, which is to be assessed
by a High Court Master.
While Boodoosingh accepted that a police
officer s job is inherently dangerous, he said
that the State as their employer has a duty to
provide adequate training, resources and support
to ensure officers safety while they are on duty.
"Lack of training opportunities for the
claimant to develop his skills in prisoner man-
agement left him unprepared. The claimant
seems to have acted on no more than his human
instinct to try to help the prisoner who was
under attack," Boodoosingh said.
According to the evidence, on October 5,
2009, Ali was returning 12 prisoners to a holding
cell to await transport back to prison, when six
of them attacked one man.
When Ali entered the cell to separate the
brawling prisoners, the man who was being
attacked reportedly grabbed hold of him and
used him as a "human shield" to protect himself
from the continued attack. Ali s colleagues
intervened minutes later after they heard his
screams for help. The prisoners were charged
and eventually convicted of assaulting Ali.
In addition to a lack of proper training on
handling violent prisoners, Ali also claimed that
his unit was understaffed to deal with the large
number of prisoners frequenting the court and
did not possess enough equipment including
shackles, batons and metal detectors.
As part of his judgment, Boodoosingh sug-
gested an urgent assessment of safety procedures
at all courthouses to ensure that incidents like
Ali s are not repeated.
"This is necessary to protect those who work
there and access the facilities on a daily basis,
be they prisoners, victims, witnesses, police
officers, lawyers, judicial officers and members
of the public," Boodoosingh said.
Ali was represented by Jagdeo Singh, Michael
Rooplal and Saira Lakhan, while Tinuke Gib-
bons-Glenn and Stefan Jaikaran represented
State must pay
policeman for injuries
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