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This year so far has been his-
toric for female police officers with
Ann Marie Alleyne-Daly kicking
it off in March being the first
female Deputy Commissioner of
Police and the first woman to act
as Commissioner of Police.
On Thursday, the women who
swore an oath to protect and serve
with pride had three other col-
leagues---Glenda Smith, Erla
Christopher and Joanne James---
promoted to the rank of Assistant
Commissioner of Police.
Smith was lauded by acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams as an exceptional leader
who led her team at the Northern
Division to reduce a spiralling mur-
Williams singled out Smith as
she "truly matured as a executive
Smith also topped the merit list
for the 12 promoted ACPs.
He added that Smith and her
team, which included Senior Supt
David Abraham, who was one of
55 first division officers promoted,
had made a phenomenal turn-
around in the Northern Division.
Williams said in the first week
for the year there were 19 murders,
with 12 in the Northern Division,
but while the murder rate was still
too high, that number was the same
in five months.
"Something had to be done and
she was able to do it. It took excep-
tional leadership and I must pub-
licly commend her and her team,"
He also encouraged his officers
to commit to the job, adding that
it would not take one or two but
a unit for changes to be made.
"We have to commit to making
the difference and if we don t we
would go into retirement and we
would not be proud of what the
organisation would have achieved.
If you cannot make a mark after
30 years, something is wrong.
"The time is right to do more
than what we have been doing,"
There were other history-making
moments in Thursday s promotion,
which included the rise of brothers
Sterling and Irwin Hackshaw to the
rank of senior superintendents.
The rise of Glen Hackett was also
highlighted by Williams, as he was
a senior superintendent who had
been acting in the position of an
ACP and then acting as a Deputy
Commissioner of Police.
Yesterday Hackett was promoted
One of the promoted ACPs, John
Martinez, who boasted of 41 years
service will retire on Tuesday.
After the promotion Williams
said many of the officers would be
transfered to different divisions and
The promotions took effect in
some cases from Thursday and yes-
terday and others in early June.
T&T earned repeated mention
at crime talks in St Lucia yes-
terday as state security agencies
discussed crime reduction
strategies with academics, other
state agencies, NGOs and the
Prime Minister, Dr Kenny
Anthony, referred to the assas-
sination of senior counsel, Dana
Seetahal, who had worked on
reform of the island s Criminal
Code. "The forces against justice
(in the Caribbean) are real and
strong," Anthony said.
"In many Caribbean countries
our societies are under siege," he
said at the opening of the forum
organised by Monroe College.
Legal affairs minister, Philip La
Corbiniere, later told T&T
Guardian he kept constant watch
on developments in this country.
He added that emerging problems
in St Lucia required reform that
drew from the experiences of
countries such as T&T.
The minister had said in his
address to the forum that coun-
tries of the region need to col-
laborate more on addressing ris-
ing criminal violence.
"It is important for us to har-
monise approaches and learn
from each other," he said.
Anthony said one important
challenge was what he described
as "the corridor of social soli-
darity" which meant that some
communities were inclined to
close ranks to protect criminals.
This, he said, meant that the
police faced serious challenges in
compiling evidence for criminal
He also argued that greater lev-
els of accountability needed to
be established throughout the
criminal justice system.
"Accountability is not part of
(our) system of governance," he
The forum examined police
leadership and accountability and
protocols for the appropriate use
of force including firearms.
There was also a discussion of
constitutional and human rights
in the formulation of crime
55 first division officers promoted
Forces against justice
strong in Caribbean
Newly promoted Superintendent Bede Marchan-Gittens, from left, Senior Superintendent Sharon Blake-Clarke,
and Superintendent, Beverly Lewis select their new police caps before the distribution of confirmation letters held
at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain on Thursday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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