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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 20, 2013
The life of the Prof Ramesh
Deosaran-led Police Service Com-
mission (PSC) came to an end yes-
terday, with no indication of how
soon appointments will be made
to the critical statutory body.
This has raised red flags for Police
Service Social and Welfare Associ-
ation president Sgt Anand Ramesar
who called on the Government and
President Anthony Carmona to act
swiftly and make the necessary
PSC commissioner Addison Khan
confirmed the three-year term of
commissioners Martin George,
Jacqueline Cheesman, Kenneth Park-
er and himself expired yesterday.
However, Deosaran would stay on.
His term has not expired.
Deosaran was appointed in April
2011, months after the commission
His appointment came after the
former chairman, prominent attor-
ney Nizam Mohammed, was dis-
missed for making seemingly racial
Mohammed had raised the issue
of ethnic imbalance in the Police
Service and pledged, as PSC chair-
man, to address the matter with the
help of Parliament.
Khan, in an interview, said he had
no word on what would happen with
the commission, since there would
be no sitting commissioners except
"The matter is before the Pres-
ident and he has not made a deci-
sion. We do not know what is hap-
pening yet," Khan said.
Asked if he had any indication on
how soon appointments would be
made, he said, "The matter is in the
hands of His Excellency and he will
make a decision."
On Thursday, Carmona made
appointments to the Port Author-
ity Board of T&T.
Information officials at the Office
of the President, when contacted
for comment, suggested questions
should be e-mailed for consideration.
No response to the e-mailed ques-
tions had been received yesterday.
In the face of a potential lapse of
the PSC, Ramesar called for a degree
of urgency in the appointment of a
Ramesar, in a telephone interview,
said, "The major concern for the
association is the impact that this
position would have on the selection
process for the commissioner of
police and the assessment of the
current persons who act in the posi-
tion of commissioner of police and
deputy commissioners of police."
He noted that the commission
had granted acting Commissioner
of Police (CoP) Stephen Williams
another six-month extension on July
4, which, he said, should expire after
a PSC is appointed.
Ramesar said it is critical that the
T&T Police Service had a function-
"Given that the Police Service will
not be without persons performing
in those key positions (CoP and
deputy commissioners of police) we
hope that the Government will pay
urgent attention to the need to
appoint persons to those positions
with urgency," Ramesar said.
He said without a sitting PSC and
appeals tribunal, a number of officers
seeking promotion would be left in
Ramesar said he would welcome
new appointees for the PSC.
"We are waiting and we are hop-
ing it is not going to be the same
old same old and the same principles
that we engage in selecting persons
to perform in the role of a commis-
sioner of police should be used as
a benchmark in finding persons to
perform on the commission," Rame-
He expressed confidence in
Deosaran and the PSC secretariat,
but said the association viewed the
expiration of the PSC as "an oppor-
tunity to replace some of the current
commissioners, who have really failed
to deliver to the police association."
He said one of the major diffi-
culties at the PSC was the delay in
decisions before the Appeals Tribu-
"Due to the non-delivery of the
tribunal, resulting in incomplete
matters over a unwarranted extended
period, many police officers have
now taken their matters to the higher
courts. So, for us in the current posi-
tion, we have no confidence in that
tribunal," Ramesar said.
Police Service commission's term expires
...only Prof Ramesh Deosaran on the job
Current chairman of the PSC
Prof Ramesh Deosaran
Police Service Social and Welfare
Sgt Anand Ramesar
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