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SRPs not released
to work for Carnival
The majority of the police officers who
failed to report for Carnival duties were
SRPs, some of whom were not released
from employment by other State agencies,
according to Deputy Commissioner of Po-
lice Deodat Dulalchan.
The faux pas was confirmed by Minis-
ter of National Security Edmund Dillon in
Dillon said some SRPs failed to report
for duty because they were not released
from employment as the necessary admin-
istrative work was not done.
Dulalchan had raised the issue of police
officers’ absenteeism at the post-Carnival
press briefing on Thursday saying 808 of-
ficers had failed to report for duty.
He said then that was an improvement
as close to 1,000 officers did not report for
duty last year.
Close to 5,000 officers were deployed
for Carnival duties this year.
Yesterday, Dulalchan clarified his po-
sition. He said a probe has been ordered
to determine why other officers failed to
report for duty.
Dulalchan said preliminary checks
showed that the majority who failed to
turn up for duty were SRPs.
The part-time SRPs, he said, also
worked at other locations such as the dif-
“We also detail them for Carnival. We
would write to their employers asking
that for the Carnival and election periods
to give them the requisite time off to work
for the TTPS.
“From preliminary reports, most of our
absenteeism would have come from the
part-time SRPs,” Dulalchan said.
He said that the shortfall in officers
did not adversely affect security arrange-
ments for Carnival as strength was drawn
from other administrative arms such as
the Defence Force. There were 21 seri-
ous crimes, including murder, stabbings,
shooting and robberies for the Carnival
Asked what disciplinary measures
which could be instituted against other of-
ficers who failed to report for duty, Dulal-
chan said it would normally be a pay cut.
But, he said, this also depended on the
tribunal officer who could reprimand and
discharge an officer or impose a fine of
one or two days pay.
“The mitigating factors would put be-
fore the tribunal and it would be all up to
the tribunal officer to determine the pen-
alty,” Dulalchan said.
After working for four consecutive
days from Carnival Saturday to Carnival
Tuesday, SRPs would usually take home
Supt Curtis Paul, Adjutant in charge of
the SRPs referred all question to Dulal-
chan when contacted, saying he did not
want to comment.
President of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association Michael Seales
said the feedback the association had re-
ceived from the SRPs was that the poor
pay was a major discouragement.
He said an SRP would get $220.50 a
day for work done during Carnival which
amounted to $882, resulting in around
$600 after tax.
“So the SRPs are saying this makes no
sense as they could work one extra-duty
for about six hours and make twice as that
in one day,” Seales said.
He said due to the short Carnival pe-
riod, Dulalchan who was also the Gold
Commander, did not have the opportu-
nity to meet with the association regard-
But Seales said the association was all
in support of prosecuting errant cops who
took advantage of the sick leave system.
Cunupia murder victim identified
The body found in Cunupia on Thursday
has been identified as Jason Haytasingh,
of Las Lomas No. 1, Chin Chin Road, Cun-
The body was identified yesterday by
relatives at the Forensic Science Centre in
A motive is yet to be determined for
Haytasingh celebrated his 21st birthday
on February 6. He was described by a
close friend of the family as someone who
was dearly loved by all and one who loved
his family. The friend said Haytasingh was
believed to have been killed because of
the “bad” and “questionable” people he
affiliated with over the past few years.
Haytasingh’s body was found shortly
after noon on Thursday lying face down
at the side of the road at Esmeralda Road,
Cunupia. There were gunshots to the left
side of the back. Haytasingh was the 84th
murder victim for the year.
Meanwhile, police officers are calling
on members of the public to help identify
another body found in Diego Martin hills
At about 2.30 pm the decomposed
body was found lying face up along a dirt
track at Blue Basin Road, Diego Martin.
The track, police said, led to a forested
The body was clad in a navy blue long-
sleeved jacket, a pair of blue jeans and a
pair of black and white sneakers. Police
said there appeared to be injuries to the
victim’s head and believed it could be
gunshot wounds as several spent shells
were found near the body.
Investigations are continuing.
Hinds to lead Committee
probing CoP nominee
The parliamentary committee set up to probe how the
Police Service Commission went about to select the top
nominee for the post of Commissioner of Police will
be chaired by Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney
General Fitzgerald Hinds.
The committee met
yesterday and elected Hinds.
The committee comprises
Government and Opposition
Other members are Roodal
Moonilal (UNC), Nicole Olivierre
(PNM), Terrence Deyalsingh
(PNM), Ganga Singh (UNC) and
Randall Mitchell (PNM).
In early February, the PSC
nominated Deodat Dulalchan
at their choice for the top cop post but since the
announcement there have been several allegations made
against the nominee.
Following concerns about the PSC’s process, both
Government and Opposition—agreed the PSC has
questions to answer on the selection—and a special
select committee was appointed to examine the process.
The Committee agreed on a work programme and will
hold its next meeting in public on February 23.
fined for illegal entry
A Venezuelan man and a Guyanese national who entered
the country illegally with 8,000 pounds of dasheen were
yesterday fined a total of $8,000 yesterday.
Humberto Gomez, 22, a farmer, and Shafraz Rafeek, 46,
a boat captain, both pleaded guilty to illegally entering
They appeared before San Fernando First Court Senior
Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine. They were charged by
Cpl Atiba Williams attached to the Immigration Division.
The men were arrested in Moruga with the dasheen
shipment after they came into the country by boat.
Through an interpreter, Rachael Gosein, the father of
three said he could not get his passport renewed because
of the economic situation in Venezuela. He said he was
going to use the profits from the dasheen to buy food to
return to his country.
Harripersad said his client was a sickly man who was
just trying to make ends meet. He was ordered to pay
$5,000 forthwith or serve two years hard labour. Rafeek, a
father of three children, said he was going away the same
day he was held. He claimed there were 8,000 pounds of
dasheen on the boat. Rafeek said his money, rings and
chain were taken from him upon his arrest.
Rafeek was ordered to pay a $3,000 nine in seven days
or serve nine months in jail.
Teen critical after shooting
A teenager from Beetham Gardens, was up to press
time, warded in a critical condition at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital, after he was shot repeatedly.
According to a police report, at about 1 am yesterday
residents of Straker Village, Laventille heard several
Police officers, who were alerted, responded and
found Shawn Simon, 16, lying on the roadway bleeding
from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to the hospital by officers where he
underwent emergency surgery.
Police said it was too early to determine a motive
for the shooting but is not ruling out the fact that his
shooting may have stemmed as a result from ongoing
rivalry between members of the community at Laventille
Police officers on duty at Adam Smith
Square, Woodbrook, on Carnival Monday.
PICTURE ROBERTO CODALLO
An SRP believed to have failed in his duties
would have to appear before a divisional
According to Section Five of the
Supplemental Police Act if found culpable
he or she could be fined no more than
$150, made to perform additional duties,
or in adverse circumstances suspended or
discharged from duty.
The mound of dasheen which was seized by authorities.
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