Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 20th 2017 Contents you get a lot of promises but allocations for projects
do not come. We have heard that money would be
sourced to refurbish the Golden Grove prison but no
real allocations to fund it. They added the promise of a
new prison in Tobago. We will see what happens there."
Following Dillon's announcement that $53 million
had been allocated for upgrade works at the Golden
Grove remand facility on Thursday, however, Richards
was much more optimistic.
"We want to commend the Government and the
minister for taking the bold step for allocating for the
remand prison. We hope the Government continues
to focus on the prison service in T&T," he said.
"We want Government to look to look at Maxi-
mum Security Prison and the other prisons as there
are problems there as well."
Richards said the allocation for upgrades to the
remand facility signalled a new type of thinking and
"This is the first time any Government has sought
to embark on an undertaking to upgrade the facili-
ty to that extent. We know the ideal will always be
a new purpose built remand facility in T&T but we
understand the economic and financial constraints
by the country."
Police Social and
President of the Po-
lice Social and Welfare
Michael Seales, in an
interview last week,
said they needed more
resources and training.
"The association can-
not speak about what
the minister is doing
but we have seen what the commissioner has done.
The police service benefited from the use of body
cameras and we applaud that," Seales said.
He said, however, that the association was still
waiting on the implementation of tasers and pepper
spray, which would bring the police service in line
with more modern, first world strategies.
"We would like to see Government get involved and
put cameras for all policemen. We know the commis-
sioner says he has to wait on budgetary allocations
to roll out tasers and pepper spray but we would like
National Security to ensure it is provided."
Seales said last year the budget for the police service
also saw a reduction of funds for training from $18
million to $2 million.
"We think it is important that law enforcement
get resources and training to align with international
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dealing with the fact that there has been
no substantive appointment to the post of
Commissioner of Police since 2012. Act-
ing Commissioner Stephen Williams has
been in the post since former commissioner
Dwayne Gibbs resigned and has received
A manpower audit of the service is also
under way and head of the committee con-
ducting it, Prof Ramesh Deosaran, told the
Sunday Guardian the committee is working
toward the final report.
"We've gathered a lot of information so
far. There are other meetings we have to
hold but we are finalising all the data from
inside and outside the police service. We
are now tabulating the numbers. We aren't
only writing the report but also looking at
specific recommendations," Deosaran said.
In the past two budgets under the People's
National Movement administration, Na-
tional Security received allocations of $10.81
billion and $7.625 billion respectively, the
largest share of the pie and a large increase
compared to the $6.994 billion budgeted in
financial year 2015.
During that time, the Government has, on
numerous occasions, made commitments
to provide more resources to assist, while
holding the Police Service accountable for
the implementation of crime reduction
While this has been the Government's
position, citizens have been faced with
murders which have grown increasingly hei-
nous, police officers citing a lack of vehicles
for quick responses, and fear for personal
security has now taken a stranglehold on
the national community.
The police service apart, both the Fire
and Prisons Services have also been clam-
ouring for more resources to conduct their
operations efficiently. Government would
have brought a little comfort to the pris-
ons service last week when it announced
$53 million had been allocated for upgrade
works at the Golden Grove remand facility.
The Government has reported achieve-
ments on some of its national security ob-
jectives, including strengthening the Na-
tional Security Council Secretariat (NSCS)
with a Threat Assessment Centre (TAC) in
the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Government has also signed a Model
1A Inter-governmental Agreement with the
United States, which would facilitate the
implementation of the Foreign Account
Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) enacted in
the United States in 2010 and which would
now allow for the automatic exchange of
information between both countries. Fat-
ca legislation was passed in both houses of
Parliament in March.
A Customs information sharing agree-
ment with the USA was also announced in
the 2017 budget presentation in order to
benefit from shared intelligence on customs
offences with the USA. The agreement was
intended to assist this country in obtaining
convictions for smuggling, drug trafficking
Prison Officers' Association
president Cerron Richards
ian spoke to
week, he said
T&T were no
better off to-
day than they were two years ago.
In a telephone interview, Richards said
prisons officers were still waiting to see new
projects get off the ground.
"Where we hoped the impact would have
been we were not fortunate to see it. Under
the PSIP, the water situation in Carerra was
supposed to be treated with but we haven't
seen the fruits of that."
He said to make matters worse, more and
more promises were being added to the in-
"Overall, when you look at prison service
Richards: Prisons Service needs more
"Crime is too much even if there is
one murder. Once there is crime there
is work for us to do. We will continue
to pursue criminals vigorously as
well as treat with crime through the
Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of
---Edmund Dillon, during his walk against crime
From Page A6
Insp Micheal Seales
Police officers on patrol.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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