Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2014 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
The Police Service is expected to partner with
the New York Police Department (NYPD) as
this country strives to further its relationship
with William "Bill" Bratton, who was reap-
pointed as the head of the NYPD last month.
Bratton, who previously led the Los Angeles
Police Department, has been credited for slashing
the crime rate during his tenure.
In a telephone interview yesterday, National
Security Minister Gary Griffith said Bratton had
much to offer to local law enforcement officers,
adding that working with Bratton would capitalise
on his (Bratton s) skills and knowledge and would
also assist in the compilation of proper scientific
data from which proper policies could be built.
"Bratton s involvement with our local officers
is something which we already started and one
in which I am going to build on," he said.
"It involves partnering our Police Service with
the NYPD to gain experience on a number of
areas including community policing, tactical
operations and several other matters."
He said Bratton was also known for trans-
forming New York s officers who were generally
known as being "pigs" to America s finest.
"We need to think outside the box," Griffith
Last year, Bratton spent two days in Trinidad
conducting a "diagnostic test" on the Police
Service. During a presentation at the Hyatt
Regency hotel, Port-of-Spain, Bratton said only
"a tool, fool and a mule" would work for no
money or low wages as he emphasised the need
for better salaries for police officers.
He had said meagre pay and failure to properly
award officers who went above and beyond the
call of duty paved the way for officers to accept
bribes and other inducements.
In December last year, Griffith met with John
Huvane, the chief executive officer of Giuliani
Security & Safety, which is owned by former
New York mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani, to
discuss strategies to deal with T&T s crime and
national security issues.
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A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft
had to return to Piarco International Air-
port 45 minutes after take-off, when an
indicator light came on in the cockpit.
Flight 524 left Piarco at 9 am yesterday,
headed non-stop to John F Kennedy Inter-
national Airport, New York, when 45 min-
utes into the flight, the light came on,
prompting the airplane to turn back for
Head of corporate communications for
the airline Clint Williams said passengers
transferred to another aircraft, and left
Piarco at 3.20 pm, headed to their original
He said the initial aircraft was being
checked by maintenance engineers in Piar-
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A United States Army Vietnam veteran, Bratton
began his policing career in 1970. He was police com-
missioner of Boston and New York police chief under
Giuliani from 1994 to 1996.
He ran the Los Angeles Police Department from
2002 to 2009 and was approached to take charge of
London's Metropolitan force.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had sought
advice from Bratton on dealing with gangs in the
wake of the London 2011 riots.
Bratton runs his own law enforcement consul-
tancy based in New York. He is also a lecturer, writer
ABOUT BILL BRATTON
NYPD to partner
with local cops
Partygoers having a good time during Illusions' Blac2Blue breakfast cooler party at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Saturday.
PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
Trouble call grounds CAL flight
A bloody jersey, a pair of
shoes and a bicycle were all
that remained of Ricaldo "DJ
Pappy" Sánchez, the State s
main witness in the 2010 mur-
der of Kwasi "President"
Chakumba-Muraldo, after he
went missing yesterday morn-
Sánchez, 51, of Mitchell
Street, Los Charos, Palo Seco,
was due to testify today in the
Siparia Magistrates Court
against fellow villager Fermin
Carrabai, who is accused of
December 28, 2010.
Relatives and police now fear
the worst as they said Sánchez,
a part-time electrician at
Petrotrin, Santa Flora, received
constant death threats since
witnessing the murder near Los
"This was in the making...
Since he saw that man got
murdered, they kept threaten-
ing him, telling him not to come
to court," a relative said yes-
"He made reports to the
police but what could they do.
I believe he had an idea who
was threatening him but he was
still going give evidence in
court. He had already given the
police a statement."
Police reports said the father
of four left home around 10 pm
Saturday to play music at Sta-
tion 22 Bar at Los Charos junc-
tion. After the bar was closed,
he went to a party next door
but that was the last time any-
one saw him.
Relatives became worried
after he did not return home
and it was only around 9 am
yesterday, when his wife
Mahalia Floyd went in search
of him, she found his clothes
and bicycle near the junction.
Police said they searched
medical institutions around
south Trinidad, checked the
forested areas around his home
and even got Petrotrin workers
to bail a pond in the area, but
up to late yesterday, he was yet
to be found.
Villagers who attended the
house party where he was last
seen said they did not see him
fighting with anyone nor did
they see him leave.
Relatives described him as a
gentle, respectable and friendly
person who, instead of fighting,
would be a peacemaker.
Speaking to the Guardian in
2010 after Chakumba-Muraldo
killing, Sánchez said that
around 9 pm, the victim and
several other workers of Quality
Environmental Services were
waiting for transportation to
go into a forested area at Erin
where seismic surveys for oil
and gas were taking place.
He said they were standing
on the roadside when Chakum-
ba-Muraldo and a suspect got
into an argument, during which
Chakumba-Muraldo was shot.
After eluding police for six
days, the suspect, accompanied
by his attorney Dexter Bailey,
surrendered to acting Sgt Salick
Jagroop of Santa Flora Police
Witness ignored death threats
'Don't go to court'
Kwasi "President" Chakumba-
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