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Justice Minister Christlyn Moore
says the police must take some
blame for the backlog of "matters
of evidence" at the Forensic Science
She said so during yesterday s
post-Cabinet news conference at
the Office of the Prime Minister in
St Clair as she responded to ques-
tions on the reported backlog at the
Moore said in some instances the
police had failed to inform the centre
that the forensic evidence no longer
needed to be analysed, as the respec-
tive case had ended for one reason
or another. She said such matters
would include cases in which the
defendant had died or pleaded guilty
before the material had been
"Those matters remain with us
and their numbers remain with us,"
Moore told reporters measures
were being implemented to encourage
police to retrieve their exhibits and
inform the centre about the status
of matters that were no longer viable.
"So over the next few months our
number will veer towards normalcy
and we will be able to assess our
backlog if it still exists," Moore said.
She also said certain ballistic test-
ing would be taken to the police
armoire for examination and not the
centre and that would also address
some of the backlog.
She was not of the view there was
a shortage of forensic pathologists.
An electronic monitoring system
is to be implemented in March next
year and preliminary inquiries will
be abolished in August this year. She
said the Chief Justice, Director of
Public Prosecutions and the police
all indicated they were on track for
the scheduled abolition of the system
of preliminary inquiry.
On another matter, Moore said
consideration was being given to
the establishment of a remand court
close to the Remand Prison to
resolve problems relating to trans-
portation of inmates.
Moore said Cabinet also agreed to
employ an additional evidence tech-
nician, two forensic biologists and
two scientific examiners in narcotics.
Evidence technicians assist in pro-
She said the current turnaround
time for narcotics analysis submis-
sions was two years and there was
a backlog of 1,600 cases.
The approval for two additional
scientific examiners in narcotics is
intended to address that backlog.
President of the Police Service
Social and Welfare Association
Anand Ramesar says 400 police
constables and corporals who
have been awaiting promotions
since 2008 are one step closer
to their next rank.
He said so after a meeting with
the Police Service Commission
Ramesar, in an interview after
the meeting at the PSC head-
quarters in Tunapuna, said he
had been asked to attend a meet-
ing to discuss several issues in
the Police Service.
He said the issue of promotion
from constable to corporal and
from corporal to sergeant was the
main issue dealt with.
Ramesar said the failure of the
commissioner of police to pro-
mote staff had led to a decrease
in morale within the service.
"What we have is a paralysed
system and we need to devise a
mechanism to release it from that
He said his association got a
solution from its membership
and had taken it to the commis-
He said the PSC had indicated
to him that it would call an urgent
meeting with the Commissioner
of Police to discuss the matter
and put forward suggestions.
"I think they (PSC) would have
understood what the association
was complaining about and I
think they really are empathising
with the membership in terms
of the emotional and work stress
due to the failure to treat with
these issues," he said.
Ramesar said the other issue
dealt with was the exploitation
of Special Reserve officers within
the Police Service.
"That issue was about com-
pensation...We have taken the
issue to the commission and we
will be taking it to the minister
(National Security Minister
Emmanuel George) also," he said.
"For too long you have Special
Reserve Police officers who are
working the same hours of reg-
ular police officers but are being
hoodwinked out of getting a fair
salary by being categorised as
"They are working 12 hours
that is being broken down as three
four-hour periods and being paid
for $100 for each period."
Ramesar said this was the
worst case of exploitation in T&T
and said it was unfortunate that
it was taking place within the
He said after the meeting with
the police commissioner, the PSC
promised to get back to the asso-
ciation in order to chart a way
Moore on evidence backlog at forensic centre:
Police must share in the blame
Police Service Social and
Ramesar, right, leaves
the meeting with
members of the Police
along with secretary of
the association Michael
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Cops one step closer to
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