Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 25th 2013 Contents "We know New York has its own policies
regarding the threat of terrorists but we
also need to look at our own threat assess-
ment and procedures," he said.
"We are not bringing Mr Bratton here to
adopt the measures of a foreign country
because every country would be unique, but
in terms of transforming the Police Service
to make it more effective, to boost the con-
fidence level in officers, to create greater con-
fidence levels between the Police Service and
the public, to completely weed out corrupt
officers so that the service becomes second
to none, that is what we want to achieve.
"There is no harm in listening to what Mr
Bratton has to say because he was responsible
for creating a police department in New York
what is considered America s finest."
Griffith said after Bratton conducted the
"diagnostic test," it would then be determined
whether the Government would hire him for
He said other issues discussed included
setting up a better performance management
system. This, he said, would not only take
into consideration the passing of promotional
examinations but having officers become
more efficient in the field.
Griffith also praised the efforts of Ramesar
and Seales, saying their "thinking was outside
He said: "I fully endorse all of the recom-
mendations of the association. I think they
are a very dynamic organisation which is
definitely concerned about moving the Police
Service to First World standards."
It took only one meeting for Ramesar to
decide that Griffith was better than former
national security minister Jack Warner.
Ramesar, who described yesterday s talks
as "excellent," said: "My meeting with Min-
ister Griffith has rejuvenated my expectation
that this Police Service is properly guided by
a minister who has the will to make strong
and proper decisions so that the organisation
could be enhanced.
"The association believes this is the best
response we have got by any minister regard-
ing our concerns," he said.
"By comparison, Mr Griffith is indeed bet-
ter than former national security minister
Jack Warner as he has qualities to be the
best national security minister and the ability
to get the job done."
Ramesar echoed Griffith s concerns that
some officers were so bent on passing exams
to move from rank to rank that they failed
in carrying out their duties, resulting in poor
service to the public.
"We need to move forward with people
of integrity and who abide by principles of
good governance," Ramesar urged.
As a means of getting rid of the bad eggs
in the Police Service, Ramesar said it was
important for the police commissioner be
given "more teeth" and greater legislative
The Police Service Commission was also
discussed and Ramesar said it was deemed
a "definite failure" as it had not carried out
"The Police Service Commission has not
made a positive impact on the Police Serv-
ice...for instance, how is the ability of the
police commissioner as an accounting officer
measured," he said.
"Cabinet needs to reconsider retaining
some of the commissioners."
Seales called for an audit of the Police
Complaints Division to be conducted so as
to determine its flaws and implement meas-
ures of improvement.
A renewed call was also made for special
reserve police officers to be absorbed into
the service and for municipal officers to be
granted an extra $1,000 which is given to
On the issue of housing, Seales said officers
still had to wait for lengthy periods before
granting HDC accommodation.
Bratton began his police career at Boston Police
Department before becoming police commissioner in
New York City, where his zero-tolerance policy has
been credited with reducing petty and violent
crimes. He moved to Los Angeles Police Department
in 2002, reforming the police after the 1992 Los
Angeles riots. He was credited for also reducing
crime in that city.
Bratton's policing style is influenced by the broken
windows theory that if minor, petty crime is not
dealt with, crime would increase. He has also
endorsed an ethnically diverse service representative
of the population, maintained a strong relationship with citizens, tackled police corruption,
being tough on gangs and adopting a no-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.
He was approached by British Prime Minister David Cameron to become the new
Metropolitan police commissioner in July 2011, but this was blocked by Britian's Home
Office on the grounds a commissioner must be a British national with experience of English
law. Bratton instead was offered an adviser role to the British government which he
accepted in August 2011. Source: Wikipedia
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is
expected to address the 68th United Nations
General Assembly in New York this evening.
As the chairman of Caricom, Persad-Bissessar
will deliver a Caricom statement.
A release from her office yesterday said Per-
sad-Bissessar will deposit Instruments of rat-
ification of the Arms Trade Treaty. The PM is
also scheduled to participate in the Clinton
Initiative 2013, which convenes global leaders
to create and implement innovative solutions
to the world s most pressing challenges.
T&T will participate in the discussion on the
topic "opportunities for partnership in deploying
renewable energy solutions in the Caribbean
While in New York, Persad-Bissessar is also
expected to meet with T&T nationals there.
Griffith better than
In December 2004, former national security minister Martin Joseph said Mastrofski's
plan would deal with strengthening the management structure of the police and that
priority would be given to the Police Complaints Authority.
A performance management system for the service would also be examined, Joseph
added. In 2011, then leader of the United National Congress Basdeo Panday said the money
spent on Mastrofski was a waste as nothing had changed regarding the crime situation.
PM to speak at UN
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Jewels of Nature organic percussion group
during the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy
Competition Indigenous Music Festival at the
Queen's Park Savannah, yesterday.
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