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The appointment of
recently-retired deputy police
Richardson as the head of the
Rapid Response Unit seems
to have raised more questions
The People s National
Movement and the Police
Service Social and Welfare
Association have called on
National Security Minister
Gary Griffith to "clear the air"
over Richardson s new post.
The issue was raised exten-
sively by Sunday Guardian
columnist Maxie Cuffie, who
put forward a series of ques-
tions on the topic.
"My first question is when
exactly was the job offer
made? Did Richardson, then
deputy commissioner (Crime
and Operations) in charge of
the E-mailgate investigation
in which Griffith (then
National Security adviser) is
a person of interest, meet with
Griffith as the police officer
with responsibility for the
"Should that meeting not
have been between the Police
Commissioner and the then
National Security minister,
Emmanuel George?" Cuffie
wrote on Sunday.
The PNM s public relations
officer Faris Al-Rawi yesterday
said he believed the issue
would grab the attention of
the Integrity Commission.
"One expects that the
Integrity Commission will no
doubt be intrigued by the
questions raised by Mr Cuffie
as well as the answers or lack
of answers which will no
doubt follow," Al-Rawi said.
The police association s
president, acting Insp Anand
Ramesar, who also expressed
concern, said he was expected
to meet with Griffith this week
and high on the agenda would
be Richardson s new job and
the circumstances surround-
ing the appointment.
Saying Richardson s reten-
tion has raised "some red
flags," Ramesar added: "This
was also done without con-
sultation with the association.
"In fact, many first division
officers have communicated
to the association and main-
tained a position that his
retention was not required."
Ramesar said since Richard-
son was now a civilian he
would be either be command-
ing or administering the oper-
ations, which should instead
be done by a police officer.
In a brief interview yester-
day Griffith said he prefered
not to comment on the issue
until Richardson s contract,
his role and functions in the
unit were finalised.
However, he rated Richard-
son as a top performer while
in the Police Service with over
40 years experience.
Richardson said he could not
comment, as he had not seen
or read the column.
Calls to the cellphone of
acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams went unan-
General manager of Sentinel Security Services
Edgar Hackett said slain 59-year-old veteran security
officer Bert Clarke was the embodiment of love who
saved his colleague s life.
Clarke was killed during a robbery last week Wednes-
day when armed robbers made off with an estimated
$17 million. He was fatally shot near the Trincity
Industrial Estate on the Churchill-Roosevelt High-
Speaking to mourners yesterday at Clarke s funeral
at the Faith Assembly International, Five Rivers, Arouca,
Hackett, who was emotional during his address, said:
"When the attack took place, Bert sacrificed his life."
Describing what happened in the ambush, he said:
"At first they thought it was an accident and Bert was
concerned about who crashed into him and if anyone
But then, Hackett said, men with sophisticated
weapons emptied 50 rounds of ammunition at the
"The driver cried out to his senior officer (Clarke),
ASP, I dead, and Bert threw himself on the driver
and in the process was shot in the head. The driver
said supe (Hackett), Bertie saved my life," he added.
Hackett said the driver was concerned that Clarke
never liked him because "he was always on his case"
but after the incident that changed.
The father of baby Jacob Munroe
has been charged with the child s
murder. Director of Public Prosecu-
tion Roger Gaspard yesterday gave
instructions to police officers to
charge 26-year-old Allan Thomas
with his son s murder.
Thomas has also been charged with
Gaspard, according to reports,
received and reviewed the investigators
file yesterday and made the decision
just after 2.30 pm. Homicide detective
laid the charges against Munroe last
Thomas had been hospitalised since
November 19 after police received a
report that abductors had entered his
home, forced him to drink a flammable
liquid and then made him slit his own
wrists before they snatched the baby.
According to police reports, on that
Tuesday afternoon a close relative con-
tacted St Joseph Police saying the child
was kidnapped from the family s home
at Santarita Trace, Lluengo Village,
Maracas, St Joseph.
On Thursday an autopsy found the
baby had been smothered and also
revealed bruises to his buttocks indi-
cating that he was beaten before being
This was the first of two murder
cases involving young children that
sparked outrage in the country.
Just days after baby Munroe s body
was found, the remains of missing six-
year old Keyana Cumberbatch was
discovered in a barrel in her mother s
apartment. She had been reported
missing two days before the discov-
Of his own reaction, he said: "After I heard the news
I did not want to accept this. Bertie was a person
everybody believed in."
A former soldier and friend of Clarke s, Doddridge
Jack, described the robbery as a "planned clinical exe-
cution. Say prayers that whoever did this will be
brought to justice. It is only fair. Vengeance belongs
to God," he added.
Eulogies were given by his children Suszanna and
Rondell Clarke and Vernessar Arianna Cummings.
They said Clarke was loyal, courageous unto death
and their personal hero.
"He would do anything for anybody, even a stranger.
These people who put us in this position would have
been someone he even helped," said Rondell.
He said his father made sacrifices by working very
diligently and believed crime could be eradicated by
an honest day s work and there was no such thing as
a small salary.
Members of the Defence Force, Fire Services, Air
Guard, Police Service, Amalgamated Security and staff
from Sentinel Security Services attended the service.
The homily was delivered by Bishop Carl St Rose
who told mourners Clarke had left a legacy to follow.
Clarke was laid to rest at the D Abadie public ceme-
Retired DPC to head Rapid Response...
Questions over Richardson's new job
Baby Jacob's father
charged with murder
Killed security guard buried
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