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TRACTOR TRUCK with
KPMG to help
select top cop
Auditing firm KPMG's has been
awarded the contract to assist the
Police Service Commission (PSC) in
the recruitment and selection of a new
Police Commissioner and Deputies.
In a press release issued yesterday, the
PSC said took the decision on July 20 as the
body met to discuss the implementation
of the project.
"The recruitment phase of the project is
expected to take four (4) months to com-
plete with the firm providing support to the
Commission in designing and managing
the advertising, application and assess-
ment processes so as to ensure that the T&T
Police Service has the leadership it requires
to meet the needs of the organisation and
to satisfy the requirements of safety and
security for all of T&T now and into the
future," the release said.
The appointment comes two months af-
ter acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams was given a 10th six-month
extension on his post, which he acquired
after the resignation of Canadian Dwayne
Gibbs in 2013.
Gibbs and his deputy Jack Ewastski, a
fellow Canadian, were the last to be ap-
pointed to post following a recruitment
drive outsourced by the PSC.
The duo was appointed in 2012 after
being selected by a team of consultants
from the Penn State University's Justice
and Safety Institute, which was hired by
the Government in 2008 to assist the PSC.
In 2015, the Government introduced the
Police (Selection Process) Order of 2015 in
an effort to assist the PSC in hiring another
firm to address the issue of the long-stand-
The order contained a provision requiring
the Minister of National Security to initi-
ate the recruitment procedure and another
compelling the PSC to utilise State-owned
procurement company, Nipdec, to select
a local recruitment agency which would
then be contracted to assist in the selec-
However, the order was challenged by the
Opposition, who claimed that it was un-
constitutional as it infringed on the powers
of the PSC, which has the exclusive remit
of recruiting prospective candidates for
Delivering a judgment in the case in July,
Justice Peter Rajkumar struck out several
measures which he said constituted an
"unjustifiable and unlawful fetter on and
interference with the independence, juris-
diction and functions of the Police Service
Referring to the involvement of a Gov-
ernment minister in the process, Rajkumar
said the Constitution did not require such
as the role could be filled by an independ-
Body in river identified
The body of the man found floating
in a river at Cunjal Road, Barackpore
on Wednesday has been identified as
55-year-old Thakorie Adheen.
He was stabbed, choked and thrown
into the river still alive and eventually
drowned, an autopsy found yesterday.
According to the autopsy Adheen was
stabbed to the left side of his abdomen
and choked until he passed out before his
body was thrown into the river, patholo-
gist Dr Valery Alexandrov said.
He added that Adheen may have been
attacked by at least two men as one held
him while the other stabbed him, given
the cluster of stab wounds to the abdo-
Adheen's sisters, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, identified his
body yesterday. They said their brother
moved out of the Sumaria Trace, Char-
lieville home after their mother died three
years ago and he had not been seen since.
They added they heard he was working
at a sawmill in Caparo, Central Trinidad.
"He wasn't on drugs or anything like
that, it could be he was keeping bad com-
pany. He was a quiet person and he had
no wife or children," one sister said.
Adheen's body was found around 6 pm
by police who responded to an anony-
mous call that the body of a man was
spotted in the river located at Cunjal
Adheen was found in blue trousers with
a crocus bag wrapped around his head.
Police arrest gang
Two men who police described
as relatives of a "reputed drug
dealer" were arrested on Thursday
by officers of the North Eastern
Division during their ongoing ef-
forts to arrest a Las Cuevas gang
Recently two other male relatives
of the man were held with marijuana
and were charged. On Thursday the
men, 30 and 29, both nephews of the
targeted drug dealer, were held during
an exercise led by Sgt Sterlin Taylor
in the Las Cuevas and Maracas Bay
areas which took place between 3 pm
to 7 pm. The exercise also included
Cpl Shiraz Ali and Constables Lindon
Holder, James Stafford, Ali and Oliver.
The 30-year-old was held with a
9mm pistol and 6 rounds of ammu-
nition and the 29-year-old was held
with less than half a kilogram of mar-
ijuana with an estimated street value
of $13,000. Both men are expected to
appear before a Port-of-Spain Mag-
istrate on Monday.
New Inspector of
The post of Inspector of Prisons has been
filled after remaining vacant for over a year.
The Ministry of National Security in a state-
ment yesterday announced the appointment of
attorney Cedric Neptune for a period of two
The decision to appoint Neptune, a former
police officer, was taken at Thursday's Cabinet
meeting, the release said.
The announcement came less than a week
after the Law Association and Neptune's pre-
decessor Daniel Khan both wrote to National
Security Minister Edmund Dillon complaining
that the post had been left vacant for over a year.
The ministry said that Neptune had served
as a police officer between 1988-2007 and had
been called to the bar in 2001.
"Neptune was admitted to the legal profession
in 2001 and practices Family Law, Property/
Conveyancing Law, Non-contentious Probate
Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Industrial
Relations/Labour Law, Civil Litigation, Public
Law and Contract Law," the release said.
Under the Prison Act, the Inspector is re-
quired to inspect the nation's prisons and re-
mand facilities and to provide annual reports,
inclusive of recommendations, to Parliament.
The T&T Guardian attempted to contact
Neptune for comment but several calls placed
to his cellphone went to voicemail.
During his tenure, which ended in July, last
year, Khan submitted annual reports to the Gov-
ernment in which he described the conditions
in local prisons as "disgusting and sickening"
In addition to the conditions for both remand
and convicted inmates, Khan also called for
the reform of archaic prison rules to reduce
incidents of prison beatings, which results in
prisoners winning sizeable compensation from
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