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He said he has been speaking with acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams about
the matter but could not provide a definite time-
line for the revamping to begin.
Griffith said the National Training Police
Academy is important because not every officer
could be a community police officer. Some offi-
cers, he explained, have to be trained specifically
in community policing so they would be able
to build a relationships with residents in com-
munities, which would lead to residents passing
out information about crime.
He said purpose of the community police
would be informational, while the Rapid
Response would be operational.
Griffith said in revamping community policing,
more meetings will be held between residents
and the police.
Asked if the revamping of community policing
meant more foot patrols in designated areas,
Griffith said the Rapid Response unit and aerial
patrols using the four national security heli-
copters will be used to fight crime. Griffith said
he would insist that the helicopters be used for
low aerial surveillance.
The minister said he hoped to visit as many
communities as possible since crafting any crime
plan should involve dialogue with residents.
At yesterday s meeting with the Andalucia
residents, Griffith was accompanied by senior
officers from the Maraval Police Station.
"I have been going to the ground, speaking
to residents and sharing their concerns," he said.
Griffith said he offered advice to the residents
who are often seen as "soft targets" by criminals.
Monday, November 18, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 15th NOVEMBER, 2013
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan has dismissed the latest call
for his resignation by president
of Fixin T&T, Kirk Waithe.
Waithe called on Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday
to fire Ramlogan because of recent
allegations about his importation
of Range Rovers.
However, in a statement issued
in response to Waithe yesterday,
Ramlogan described the call for
his resignation as "somewhat
amusing." He said the issues raised
were before the Integrity Com-
mission and he will "co-operate
fully" with the Commission to
clear his name of the allegations
which he said were "malicious and
Ramlogan said Transport Com-
missioner Ruben Cato has con-
firmed in writing that "the nec-
essary legal requirements were met
and that my vehicles were properly
and lawfully registered."
"The fact that the same engine
number was recorded on the cer-
tified copy for both vehicles was
an error on the part of the Licens-
ing Authority," he said.
The AG said Mark Navarro, of
Navarro s brokerage, has "also clar-
ified the other issues which were
caused by the different instructions
which were apparently given by
the customs documents by the
Ramlogan said Waithe s call for
his resignation was part of "a
wider political smear campaign
and strategy." He said Waithe has
several questions to answer about
his organisation and must say who
were the executive and general
members of Fixin T&T, who were
its financiers and what was its
constitution. Ramlogan said Fixin
T&T must say if it was "a one-
man organisation to provide tac-
tical support for the PNM."
"Until Waithe provides answers
to these questions, I am afraid he ll
just have to wait for my resig-
nation," the AG said.
In calling for his resignation,
Waithe said Ramlogan was "totally
unfit to hold the position of the
Attorney General and the PM
should "remove him with imme-
"Ramlogan has consistently
demonstrated that he neither
understands nor appreciates the
remit of the office he currently
holds and continues to bring it
into disrepute," he said.
He said there were numerous
inconsistencies in the process,
timelines and paper trail regarding
the importation, registration and
acquisition of two Range Rovers
by the AG.
In an earlier statement, Ram-
logan said the lapse in communi-
cation at the Integrity Commission
that left him in the dark regarding
about ongoing investigation into
the ownership of the two luxury
vehicles was "a political conspir-
Though the investigation was
mentioned as being "before" the
commission in a media report last
Sunday, Ramlogan was only made
aware of that investigation after
he wrote to the commission ques-
tioning the veracity of what he
On Thursday, some four days
after the publication, Ramlogan
received a letter from the com-
mission confirming the investiga-
The short response, signed by
commission registrar, Martin Far-
rell advised Ramlogan that "an
investigation plan was approved
by the Integrity Commission on
September 23, 2013." The letter
apprised Ramlogan of the "inves-
tigation plan" to look into his con-
nection to the registration and
licensing of two luxury Range
Rovers and possible breach of the
Integrity in Public Life Act.
"The Integrity Commission
regrets that this matter was not
brought to your attention before
but now does so with apologies,"
the letter stated.
The letter also stated that "a
draft response was prepared on
November 6, 2013, was approved
for issuance at its meeting held
on November 12, 2013."
But Ramlogan is questioning
whether more sinister motives
were at work behind the scenes.
He said he was "shocked" by
what he described as "a serious
breach and violation in the pro-
cedure of the Integrity Commis-
"I cannot help but wonder if
there a political conspiracy to bring
me down. The complaint was
made by Senator Hinds on July
29, 2013. An investigation plan
was agreed on September 23, 2013.
A letter is drafted to notify me of
these developments but it was
never sent. The Integrity Com-
mission is asking me to believe
this was an error. No explanation
whatsoever was provided as to
how this alleged error occurred.
It is too fundamental an error and
cries out for an explanation," Ram-
---With reporting by Renuka
AG on latest resignation calls:
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