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Police officers do not operate
in isolation and measuring
their performance is directly
pegged to the leadership of the
This is the point president of
the Police Service Social and
Welfare Association, acting
Inspector Anand Ramesar,
intends to raise when he meets
with acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams today.
Saying the association was
not invited to yesterday s meet-
ing of security heads with Min-
ister of National Security
Emmanuel George, Ramesar
called for greater consultation
with Second Division officers in
the formulation of strategies.
"Far too often we have seen
police officers in the Second
Division being asked to support
initiatives that are void of input
from the lower echelons of the
Police Service," Ramesar told the
"Additionally, we have seen
many applications of initiatives
in the Police Service that are
counter productive to a frontal
attack on crime."
He also criticised the disci-
plinary process in the Police
Service, saying it was often used
to "carry out malicious attacks
on hard-working police officers"
instead of disciplining non-per-
"The tenure and the well-
being of police officers are too
easily displaced by the discipli-
nary system that has lost its way
in understanding its role of
improving accountability of the
performance of police officers,"
Another challenge facing the
Police Service, he added, was
the inability to corroborate infor-
mation because of the lack of
corporation from members of
"We need to revisit the justice
protection system," he said.
"An officer may have a lot of
information but people may not
feel safe to corroborate that
information because they may
not get the protection they are
Among other issues expected
to be discussed with Williams
are promotions and how the
new anti-crime initiatives would
impact on the terms and con-
ditions of officers.
"One thing we need to recog-
nise is officers are demotivated
given the inequity as it relates
to salaries and the increase given
to the Defence Force," Ramesar
"Any anti-crime measure that
would require officers to work
outside their terms and condi-
tion would require a way for-
CoP, Ramesar meet on
anti-crime plan today
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Asked if he was pleased with the work of his
officers, Richardson said he was "more than sat-
isfied." He said each day officers risked their lives
and were going above and beyond the call of
"I am more than satisfied with the commitment
and dedication of my officers. When the rest of
the nation is asleep they are out there working
all hours, night and day," he added.
Calling for citizens to partner more with the
Police Service, Richardson said this was critical
in the sharing of information. Such partnership,
he added, must also include the media.
Echoing the same sentiments yesterday was
National Security Minister Emmanuel George,
who said the police needed the support of every-
one. He said it was also unfair for the officers
to be constantly criticised.
"The population and even the media must do
their job and they must support the police, the
police need the support of every one," George
"If we don t have the police then we will move
from a civilised society to one of anarchy."
The minister also extended condolences to the
families of the victims, saying he was certain
they were "devastated."
"When I met with the police commissioner
and other stakeholders this morning (yesterday)
we spoke at length about the issue...the murders,"
"There is ongoing activity and I am assured
this will halt the escalation of murders."
Pressed on when the "ongoing activity" took
effect, George said it was "already in place."
He said because of the sensitive nature of the
anti-crime measures, it could not be publically
Asked if he was pleased with the performance
of the police, George gave the Police Service a
good rating. He said, however, "one could never
be pleased with the amount of crime taking place."
"The Police Service is doing a fairly good job.
Serious crimes have gone down by some 30 per
cent when compared to the same period last year.
"But every serious crime and every murder
committed is one of concern," George said.
A soldier keeps a
close eye on
Brownies as they
march during the
for citizens to
partner with police
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