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The Police Service Social and Welfare
Association yesterday complained to act-
ing Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams about the extra working hours
of police officers in light of fresh anti-
crime measures initiated in the wake of
a resurgence in murders.
On Sunday, National Security Minister
Emmanuel George met with the top brass
of the Police Service as the country recorded
nine murders over the weekend. After the
meeting, George assured the new crime
plans would curb the murder rate.
But when the association s president,
acting Insp Anand Ramesar, and secretary,
acting Insp Michael Seales, met with
Williams at the Police Administration
Building, Port-of-Spain, for close to two
hours yesterday, one of the issues raised
was the extra hours officers would have to
put in to ensure the plan achieved its desired
Contacted afterwards, Ramesar said he
told Williams second division officers must
be included when anti-crime measures
were being formulated because they were
the ones who had been working well above
and beyond the call of duty and deserved
to have a say in such important matters.
He said: "I made it clear that the asso-
ciation must be involved in any initiative
in which terms and conditions may be
"If what the commissioner is doing does
not affect these terms and conditions, then
the association has no problem with this.
But if the terms and conditions are affected,
then the association is prepared to take a
different course of action."
Ramesar did not specify what that meant.
While the association supported the
measure "in principle," Ramesar said there
must be proper conditions under which
officers could effectively function. That,
he added, must include support systems
for officers who were single parents, proper
facilities at all police stations and proper
rostering of duties.
He said many officers were already ros-
tered to work overtime.
He added: "We are in full support of the
Police Commissioner and given the state
of affairs with homicides we are in support
of the anti-crime initiatives but we are in
support of the initiatives in principle.
"Our officers must be given the assurance
their terms and conditions would not be
interfered with and must also be assured
proper support structures were in place
because officers already worked under a
lot of stress. "You cannot have an officer
working well over a 40-hour shift for the
Ramesar said the new anti-crime plans
also forced officers to be away from their
families for an even longer period and given
that schools were closed for the July/August
vacation, it meant less time spent with
Asked when the association was expected
to meet with Williams again, Ramesar said
the ball was in Williams court.
He said if the acting CoP did not meet
with the association in a timely manner
that would be disappointing as the matter
must take top priority.
The new anti-crime measures are aimed
at cracking down on gang activity and the
recent spate of murders. The T&T Guardian
understands that while the services of the
Defence Force will be used, police officers
will be in the frontline of the attack.
of longer hours
...as new anti-crime measures hit home
A company is yet to be selected to shortlist the
applicants for the post of Police Commissioner.
The firm has to advertise and screen applicants for
the offices of police commissioner and deputy com-
However, a source at the Police Service Commission
said yesterday because of the requirements of Legal
Notice 102, the commission has to wait until it gets
a shortlist from the firm which is now being sought
by the National Insurance Property Development
Company Ltd (Nipdec), as contracted by the director
of Personnel Administration.
The source said no specific date has been given for
the shortlist to be finalised as no firm has yet been
Once chosen, the firm will then select candidates
for recommendation to the commission. The com-
mission then selects its choice and sends the name
of the candidate to Parliament for approval.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams was
appointed on August 7, 2012 for six months. On Jan-
uary 17, the commission extended his appointment
to July 31.
On August 1, Williams was again given a six-month
extension which ends on January 31, 2014.
Williams replaced former commissioner, Canadian
Dwayne Gibbs, who stepped down in July last year.
At a press conference last year, PSC chairman Prof
Ramesh Deosaran described the process as a "tangled
web" in urgent need of review. He also called on the
Government to immediately review Legal Notice 102,
which identifies the selection process for a CoP and
He also had referred to part (h) of the notice which
said the commission was mandated to do its own
assessment of the candidates although a similar exercise
would already have been done by a selected firm.
Deosaran is out of the country and is expected to
return next week. (GK)
Police are investigating the death of an 81-year-
old pensioner whose decomposing body was found
at a Claxton Bay hotel yesterday morning.
According to reports, 31-year-old Clint Lutchmin
went to the Cara Suites Hotel, St Margaret s Village,
around 10.30 am to visit his friend, Kumar Lutch-
When he entered the suite he found Lutchmansingh
dead on a couch.
Homicide officers, along with WPC Harrynath, vis-
ited the scene. Officers said there were no marks of
violence about the body.
Lutchmansingh was last seen alive last Friday and
his body was in the early stages of decomposition.
Not much was known about him but hotel staff
said he had been living at the hotel for some time and
suffered from several medical conditions.
DMO Dr Ramgoolam examined the body and it
was taken to the San Fernando mortuary as police are
yet to determine whether the death was natural, acci-
dental or homicidal.
An autopsy is expected to be done today.
found in hotel
Drummers from the Osun State Cultural Group from Nigeria perform during a free concert organised by the Nigerian High
Commission and the Emancipation Support Committee at Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
NIGERIA ON STAGE
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