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Radio host Tony Lee says he has been asked
to reconsider his decision to return two tickets
from Caribbean Airlines to his station, I95FM,
for coverage of the forthcoming World Cham-
pionships in Moscow.
Lee said he had decided to return the tickets
after comments made by CAL chairman Rabindra
Moonan, which suggested the state-owned com-
pany often supplied tickets to entities, individuals
or national teams on request, and I95FM had
benefited from such a request.
Moonan had made the comment in response
to allegations, reported in a T&T Guardian exclu-
sive this week, that CAL vice-chairman Mohan
Jaikaran had abused his position by requesting
19 complimentary tickets for a Mother s Day
concert in New York and Toronto this weekend,
of which he is a co-promoter.
The T&T Guardian learned that acting CEO
Robert Corbie was pressured to approve the tick-
ets.Questions were raised about the sponsorship
and the apparent conflict of interest, given that
Jaikaran is also the chairman of WINTV.
But in defending the decision, Moonan said
such sponsorship was normal procedure by the
airline, once the company deemed it would gain
some promotional benefit from the arrangement.
Moonan added that CAL often sponsored national
team trips and only recently approved tickets for
two I95.5 reporters to go to London.
Yesterday, however, Lee said while the tickets
were for himself and sports commentator Andre
Baptiste, they were not being sponsored.
"It is not like if they are giving us two tickets
free. In exchange for the tickets we are giving
them advertising," Lee said.
He said the station made a proposal to CAL
and although it was approved, they were only
getting tickets to London and would have to fund
their own way to Moscow.
He said he did not understand how Moonan
could seek to link their arrangement to the one
which Jaikaran was accused of arranging.
"Our proposal was approved, and therefore I
couldn t connect the newspaper report and I95.5
approval for two tickets which are really taking
us from Port-of-Spain to London, because we
have to get the other, additional tickets from
London to Moscow," Lee said.
"I took strong objection to that, because I saw
no link with I95.5 s proposal. I took personal
objection to it, because I did not see the need
for I95.5 to be identified, as against any other
company that may have gotten tickets."
Lee said because of Moonan s comments he
had opted not to accept the tickets, but the CAL
chairman subsequently asked him to reconsider
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CoP: Service short by
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams has admitted the country is facing
a violent crime challenge.
But he says despite there being a man-
power shortage of more than 1,400 officers,
there has been a 36 per cent reduction in
serious crime over the first quarter of 2013.
This, he said, was in all categories of serious
crimes, including rapes and sexual offences.
Williams made the comment before
members of a joint select committee in the
Parliament building yesterday. The com-
mittee, chaired by Dr James Armstrong,
examined the performance of the National
He was responding to questions posed
by Arouca/Maloney MP Alicia Hospedales.
Hospedales said according to statistics
from the Police Service s Crime and Problem
Analysis Branch (CAPA), the detection rate
was ten per cent, compared to last year
when the rate was 12 per cent.
Asked if disbanding the Special Anti-
Crime Unit of T&T (Sautt) had played a
part in the poor detection rate, Williams
said that was not the case.
"In our opinion, and that is a limited
opinion, because we have done no scientific
analysis, but strictly on experience and his-
tory, the low detection is not reflective of
the change of the Special Anti-Crime Unit,"
"What happens, by way of detection,
murders take extensive investigation to be
conducted, and what you may find is that
a murder may be solved not necessarily
when it is committed, but it may be solved
over a period, sometimes over a year."
He said as the year progressed, the Police
Service expected the detection rate to
increase, resulting in more murders being
solved. Some two or three murders, he said,
were also expected to be solved by the week-
Insisting there was a "clear plan" to lift
the detection rate, Williams said the organ-
isation was challenged by the lack of man-
"The Police Service right now is facing
a shortage of manpower by 1,430
persons...We are in the mode of increasing
recruitment," he said.
"At present we cannot dedicate more per-
sons to the investigations of homicides. The
priority focus of the Police Service is on
crime reduction, crime control."
The sanctioned strength of the Police
Service is 7,715, he said.
Williams said the organisation s focus on
crime reduction required the largest number
of officers to be out on the streets seeking
to manage and control crime.
"We have seen a major reduction in seri-
ous crimes in 2013, but as we go forward
and look at the issue of homicide investi-
gation, we are seeking to expand the team
of dedicated investigators and provide addi-
tional training for those officers," he said.
"We are also going to bring on board
additional forms of technology. And as you
have less numbers to investigate, you can
dedicate more time to those less numbers."
Saying the reduction in serious crimes
was achieved through a series of initiatives,
Williams said the Police Service had delib-
erately changed its model of policing from
"a reactionary mode to a very proactive
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He said for the Police Service to move
forward it must be singled out as a profes-
sional entity and officers must also be given
proper remuneration packages.
The way forward, he added, was also
through the use of consistent scientific
"Over the next two months we will be
running a randomised control trial, an exper-
iment at the highest level utilising the input
of Prof Lawrence Sherman, who is facili-
tating training with 200 middle managers,"
"A direct follow-up to that training is to
make some clear determination of crime
and location, and that will allow us not to
speak in loose terms when asked specific
He said there must also be scientific
knowledge to prove that, thanks to height-
ened police activities in one area, or through
the use of other factors, crime had dropped.
"We see a clear correlation in what we
do and the reduction in crime. But to make
that determination by way of cause and
effect, we need scientific support and that
is what we are doing now," he said.
"We are starting a process by utilising
the highest level of scientific methods and
tests to make those determination."
Committee member and Planning Min-
ister Dr Bhoe Tewarie asked Williams what
was needed for the police to achieve sus-
tained control of crime.
Williams said they would need a com-
prehensive measure which also took into
account crime as a social issue, and a broad-
based approach of improving communities
was also needed.
"And social intervention must be clearly
targeted, because crime is just one feature
within the social domain," he said.
"What we have recognised is that young
people between 13 and 35 are the greatest
offenders, and it is important for us to
change the dynamics of what people refer
to as idle hands."
On vehicle resources, Williams said the
police currently had 1, 365 vehicles, of which
349 were not in operation.
He said efforts were being made to bring
it to a fleet of 1,700 vehicles.
Scientific approach to crime fight---Williams
Acting CoP Stephen Williams
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