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Stephen Williams is ex-
pected to once again, to be
appointed to act as police
time---as the process in
selecting a permanent
top CoP is expected
to take another four
months to complete.
Williams has been
acting since 2012, when
the last confirmed
Gibbs was resigned.
In an interview,
Chairman of the
Police Service Com-
mission (PSC) Maria
Therese Gomes said
an acting position
does not mean that
Williams was not
"In the interest of
country and nation-
al security and con-
stitutionally we must
have a commissioner
of police and an acting
position does not means
he is not going a good job,"
She said that in the interim of the selection process
not being completed there must be a head of the Police
Service otherwise there would be anarchy in the society.
Under the new process for the appointment of a com-
missioner of police and deputy commissioner the PSC has
to contract a local firm under the Central Tenders Board
Act to conduct the recruitment process, which included
inviting applications for the posts.
This was according to the Commissioner of Police and
Deputy Commissioner (Selection Process) Order 2015, which
was tabled in the House of Representatives by National
Security Minister Edmund Dillon in January this year.
Gomes said a firm was expected to be selected soon fol-
lowing which "everything will fall into place."
She said as a statutory body the PSC must ensure there
was open tender in the selection process of a firm.
The posts for commissioner and deputy police commis-
sioner also have to be advertised in the newspapers.
On how long the entire process would take to be completed
Gomes said: "If the process is to go relatively smooth it
could take about four to five months. But rest assured we
are moving ahead with it."
The Appointment of a Commissioner of Police and Deputy
Commissioner (Qualification and Selection Criteria) Order
2015 was also laid in the Parliament by Dillon.
That order stated that nominees must be nationals of
T&T and have a degree from a recognised university in the
field of law, criminal justice, criminology, police service
management or other relevant degree.
It says the candidate for CoP must have at least 15 years
service of increasing responsibility in law enforcement and
the candidates for deputy commissioner must have ten
years service in the same area.
The Parliament would then subsequently have to approve
the nominees and the appointments made by the President.
Gomes said when the process is completed and a per-
manent commissioner is chosen it does not automatically
mean that the person would have a "magic wand and solve
the crime situation in the country."
"Everyone is trying to do their part to see how best we
can improve the security of the country," she said.
Williams is currently out of the country and DCP
Harold Phillip is acting as the top cop.
A police officer with over 25 years
service has won his promotion lawsuit
against the T&T Police Service (TTPS)
after the organisation admitted that it
had made an administrative error which
resulted in him being bypassed.
High Court Judge David Har-
ris entered judgment against
the TTPS last Thursday after
acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams admitted
to the error made in relation
to Cpl Billy Ramsundar almost
a decade ago.
Ramsundar is the husband
of Government Senator Al-
According to the consent
order entered in the case,
Williams agreed to retro-
actively promote Ramsun-
dar to the rank of Sergeant
from November 2007, when
the error was made.
Ramsundar's attorney Anand
Ramlogan, SC, had argued for the ret-
roactive promotion as he contended that
his client would have missed out on sub-
sequent promotions by virtue of the error.
In the order, Williams also agreed to
allow Ramsundar participate in the ser-
vice's next promotion examination for the
rank of Inspector.
Ramsundar filed the lawsuit, after he
learned that he had missed out on promo-
tion due to error in awarding him points
based on his qualifications.
Ramsundar expected to be awarded 35
points as he had a distinction in English
Language at O'levels but was wrongly
awarded 27.5 points.
He contended that if he was given the
correct points he would have been placed
higher on the service's merit list for pro-
motion and would have been promoted
later that year.
He further claimed that he had repeat-
edly pointed out the error to the TTPS's
administrative staff but was not given any
redress and was told that the correction
was within the purview of the Police Com-
Ramsundar claimed that he filed the
lawsuit after he did not receive a response
after sending several correspondence to
In a statement on his legal victory relayed
through his attorney, Ramsundar said he
was initially reluctant to file the lawsuit
due to his love of the profession.
"Ramsundar said having given twen-
ty-five years of services as a police officer,
he was disappointed, frustrated and de-
pressed over the way he was treated as he
had a genuine grievance and was trying to
avoid litigation that would bring the police
service into disrepute," Ramlogan said.
Ramsundar was also represented by
Jayanti Lutchmedial and Alana Ram-
baran. The State was represented
by Monica Smith, Brenston Fran-
cois and Ryanka Ragbir.
Acting Police Commissioner
Maria Therese Gomes
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