Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 26th 2013 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 26, 2013
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams has promised
that corrupt police officers will
be prosecuted and expelled from
the Police Service.
"As an organisation we have to
work hard at fixing the image of
the Police Service, to move it from
a negative image to a positive
image. We have to do cleaning
up, that is why we have to inves-
tigate any compliant against police
officers and if necessary, prosecute
these officers," Williams said yes-
terday during the Showdown talk
show programme on i95.5 FM.
His comment was in response
to a newspaper report which stat-
ed that two junior police officers
were being investigated for leaking
classified information to gang
leaders in east Port-of-Spain.
The report stated that officers
of the Criminal Gang and Intel-
ligence Unit were investigating
the two officers, who were
assigned to the Port-of-Spain
Division, who allegedly leaked
information on recent anti-crime
exercises in the division.
Police sources said that the
officers had been transfered to
police stations in the Western and
Northern Divisions for the dura-
tion of the probe.
While admitting he did not read
the report, Williams said, "I feel
hurt. It is something I have known
about from the very onset of join-
ing the Police Service."
The service intends to investi-
gate and prosecute corrupt officers
and to ensure that "bad eggs" are
"As an organisation, once you
have bad eggs, it pains you
because you really want an organ-
isation which meets the public
perception of a police officer, that
is, a police officer who is honest,
has the highest level of integrity
and is a true professional,"
Williams noted that the service
was the only one in the country
which required polygraph tests in
its recruitment procedure and said
the tests was a means of "tight-
ening up the quality of persons
entering the organisation."
Public perception of Police
He called on the public to co-
operate and assist the Police Serv-
ice, which he said was the only
way the fight against crime would
"The police service takes an
unfair rap for everything wrong
He said although crime statis-
tics showed a decrease in serious
crime, incidents of violent crimes
such as murders and shootings
were affecting the psyche of cit-
"Unless we can break that cycle,
people will not be looking at all
the other areas of crime," Williams
He said that the police service
was focused on crime prevention
rather than crime detection.
"We are focusing on crime pre-
vention as our number one pri-
ority. It is critical for us to drive
crime down," Williams said.
When asked if the decreased
serious crime rate was as a result
of his and his executive s efforts,
Williams responded: "You would
have a seen a clear lifting of the
bar by way of police effort in driv-
ing crime down.
"We see clear correlation
between what the Police Service
has been doing over the past 12
months and the results we are
gaining," Williams said.
When asked to rate his per-
formance as Police Commissioner,
Williams gave himself a 8.5 rating
while saying if he was being sub-
jective the rating would have been
Attorney General (AG) Anand Ram-
logan has welcomed the announce-
ment by acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams that a probe has
been launched into the "illegal" activ-
ities of two officers assigned to a spe-
cialised police unit in the Port-of-
Ramlogan, speaking with reporters
in San Fernando, yesterday said such
investigations are necessary.
Ramlogan was referring to an article
which alleged that two junior officers
in the "elite" unit were leaking infor-
mation on raids and roadblock exercises
to gang leaders and gang members in
Laventille, east Port-of-Spain and
The AG said he was not surprised
by reports that information is being
leaked to gang leaders about police
"I think it is astonishing to say the
least that the police could move into
an area where there is an open exchange
of gunfire and 16 young people being
murdered and they cannot find the
guns. Something is terribly wrong there
and we cannot continue to do the same
thing, the same way and expect dif-
ferent results," he said.
According to the newspaper report
the two officers were transferred out
of the unit. The probe, the article stated,
came on the heels of a raid last Sunday
which yielded no weapons.
Ramlogan said, "It is clear that some-
one is compromising the integrity of
the police in their operations. You do
not need to be a rocket scientist to fig-
ure that one out."
He commended Williams.
"I am very pleased that the acting
CoP is moving quickly to take action
and to identify the suspects involved.
There are more than one ways to skin
a cat. We cannot continue to bury our
heads in the sand. It is a matter that
the police have failed to come to terms
with the gang-related violence in the
country and that has caused the spike
in murders," he said.
AG on charity drive
Ramlogan, together with members
of the United National Congress (UNC)
Youth Arm - Youths on a Mission -
went to the Bhagwansingh Trace Ext.,
Esperanza, Palmiste home of Abdool
Kallan, 42; and his wife, Jennifer
Sookraj, 39; and their eight children,
aged one to 12, to deliver school sup-
The AG and the group also painted
the family s home as part of their char-
He explained that for the past two
years he has been liaising with the cou-
ple to get assistance for them.
Ramlogan said his children s babysit-
ter, Savi Pooran, alerted him to the
couple s plight and w th intervention
of the Self Help Commission they were
able to secure funding to construct a
The AG said he admired Kallan for
his commitment to his family since he
would plant produce to sell and do odd
jobs to support his children.
He said the children lived in "very
underprivileged and unfortunate cir-
cumstances" and he felt compelled to
As he presented the school supplies
to the eager children he advised them
to make use of their education.
He also said Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar was instrumental in
assisting the family.
Ramlogan said the family had lived
without running water and lights and
now that will change.
He said next week the family will
"You used to study hard when you
had no lights. Now you will have lights
you have to study twice as hard for
you can become the Prime Minister, a
lawyer, a mechanic - whatever you
want to be," Ramlogan said.
Ramlogan, who will celebrate his 41st
birthday today, was serenaded by the
children and their parents.
Sookraj, who wept openly, said she
was grateful for the assistance for her
children, who attend Canaan Presby-
terian Primary School and Picton Pres-
Kallan said he built the house in ten
days with the assistance of his brother
and it was a proud moment for him
when his family moved into the three-
bedroom home last Saturday.
UNC youth arm president Nicolas
Morris said yesterday s event was "the
start of great things."
Choosing a vantage point these boys take in the walkabout by Independent Liberal Party in Laventille on
Saturday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Williams reads riot act
Bad cops to be
AG praises police for probe
Anand Ramlogan gives
Stephon Kallan a boost
to paint the
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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