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The police investigation
into the re-establishment of
the Flying Squad has been
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams said so at
yesterday s police news con-
ference at Police Administra-
tion Building, Port-of-Spain.
"In 2013, a major investi-
gation that had to do with the
new Flying Squad investiga-
tion was completed by assis-
tant commissioner (Simon)
Alexis. it was submitted for
the DPP (office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions) for
consideration," he said.
Williams said a "compre-
hensive" investigation was
completed with "voluminous
materials and documents"
sent to the DPP s office "who
will advise us on the way for-
ward and will give an assess-
ment," he said.
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Roger Gaspard con-
firmed yesterday his office
received the file from Alexis
on December 31. He said he
was still awaiting a report on
the Flying Squad affair from
the Police Complaints Author-
ity (PCA) which also conduct-
ed a probe.
Four schoolboys were granted
$40,000 bail each when they
appeared in court yesterday on
robbery and indecent assault
charges against schoolmates.
The teenagers---ages 15 and 14---
appeared before Chaguanas Senior
Magistrate Gillian David-Scotland
who ordered them to walk with
their school report books at the
next court hearing.
Three of them, who are Form
Two students, first appeared before
a Clerk of the Peace in the court
remanded them into custody on
The fourth student, of Form Four,
was granted bail at the police station
on Monday night. He appeared yes-
terday with the other three students,
one of whom is his brother.
They pleaded not guilty to the
Two of the boys are charged with
robbing a female student of $2 and
indecently assaulting her on the
school compound on January 7.
The other two boys are jointly
charged with two counts of robbery
which allegedly took place last
November when two male students
and a female student were robbed
of $2 in school.
The magistrate granted them an
alternative of cash bail of $5,500.
The matter was adjourned February
Four teens on robbery, assault charges get bail
DPP gets report on
'Flying Squad' probe
The original Flying Squad was first
formed in the 1970s but was
disbanded in 1980 after former police
commissioner Randolph Burroughs
was charged with conspiracy to
Former national security minister
Jack Warner hinted at the possibility
of bringing back a "sanitised version"
of the squad
Retired police inspector Mervyn
Cordner claimed he was recalled by
Warner to head the NFSIU in 2012.
Warner denied he had any
knowledge of the existence of the
New Flying Squad Investigations Unit
(NFSIU) in 2013.
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams says promotion in
the service will now take place reg-
ularly and within a three-month time
period. He said so at yesterday s police
news conference at Police Adminis-
tration Building, Port-of-Spain.
"I have been engaging in dialogue
with the association and we reached
an agreement on promotions.
"The association is ready to commit
their support as we all recognise the
importance by the way of policing to
make a difference in the environment,"
Williams said officers from the rank
of corporal to sergeant have not been
promoted for a long time.
"The process was a long and lengthy
period with the interview process. We
are looking at the system and a new
merit list will be generated and revised,"
Referring to the high murder rate
this month, Williams said January was
a challenge with violent crimes and
He is urging members of the public
to co-operate with the Police Service.
President of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association Sgt Anand
Ramesar said police officers had been
demotivated and disenchanted with
the lack of promotion over the years.
He added: "We met with him and we
were able to resolve it and he provided
a way to move forward. There is a change
in the criteria which will make the pro-
motions shorter than it is.
"The commissioner would generate
a promotions merit list in two to three
months without having to go to an
interview. We can breathe a sigh of
relief. It is a brand new year."
CoP: Promotions in
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Wiliams, left and President of the Police
Service Social and Welfare Association Sgt Anand Ramesar during a press
conference held at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
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