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President of the Police Social and
Welfare Association Insp Anand
Ramesar says an audit into the
shortcomings of the Police Service
is long overdue.
He was responding to comments
from Minister of National Security
Gary Griffith that New York-based
Harnett Associates and Giuliani Solu-
tion Point Global Services (GSPS)
have been commissioned to review
T&T s law enforcement.
In an interview, Ramesar said the
association had no problems working
with Harnett Associates which was
previously linked to William Bratton,
the recently-appointed New York
Commissioner of Police, and former
mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani of
Giuliani Solution Point Global Serv-
"We do not resist nor do we hold
any adverse views with persons in
the calibre of Bratton and Giuliani
leading the charge," Ramesar said.
He added that the TTPS was
staffed with more officers than ever
before, yet crime was still spiralling.
"We have more physical resources
now---firearms, cars, vehicles, ammu-
nition, telecommunications and Inter-
net resources---yet we have not been
able to make sufficient inroads in
crime. It is suspicious that we have
not identified the missing link in the
way we do things," Ramesar said.
He added that the association
hoped the new partnership would
identify redundancy in the TTPS and
recommend a new deployment struc-
ture for officers. Ramesar congrat-
ulated Griffith on the initiative, saying
the association would partner with
government to make the necessary
A week after prison
officer Dominic Bernard
was stabbed to death
during an alleged argu-
ment over a woman,
one of his colleagues
appeared in court yes-
terday charged with his
Prison officer Jevon
Sylvester, 23, of Plaisance
appeared before San Fer-
nando Fourth Court
Magistrate Natalie Diop
It is alleged that
Bernard, of Jack Street,
Marabella, at Petra
Avenue, Plaisance Park,
A member of staff at the St Jude s Home for
Girls, Belmont, has been sent on injury leave
after a fight at the home last week Monday.
The incident occurred after several girls began
fighting in their dorm and staff had to intervene.
One staff member was attacked, choked and
punched in the face.
Confirming the incident yesterday, board mem-
ber Bernard St Louis revealed three of the girls
involved have since been sent to the St Ann s
Hospital for treatment.
When contacted, staff at the Ministry of Gender,
Youth and Child Development promised a response
St Jude s Home for Girls is 125 years old and
caters for girls between the ages of ten and 17
who are assigned to it by the court.
Revealing that the home was plagued by a
chronic staff shortage and overcrowding, St Louis
said: "Some girls have serious mental problems
and they are sent to St Jude s and they don t have
qualified staff to handle these people."
Adding that these problems have existed for
the past seven years, St Louis said the home was
now under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender,
Youth and Child Development, having previously
been shifted from the Ministry of Social Devel-
opment to the Ministry of the People.
St Louis explained that as a result, there were
a number of staff members who had been on
contract for years, whilst the Statutory Services
Commission was also responsible for allocating
He revealed there were no permanent workers
who were cooks and no baker at the facility.
Saying the ministry had been "a tower of
strength in the last couple days," St Louis praised
child psychologist Dr Shaffie and ministry officials
for their immediate assistance, as without it, "all
hell would have broken loose in that organisa-
St Louis said while plans were underway for
more staff to be assigned to the home, he hoped
it would take place "in the not too distant future."
Focusing on the efforts by the staff to ensure
the girls lived in an atmosphere free from violence,
St Louis acknowledged there were staffers who
had gone more than the extra mile in doing their
Saying there were "some girls who should not
be there in the first place," St Louis said life and
work at the home continued as normal over the
In an E-mail to the T&T Guardian, a relative
of one of the staff expressed shock over the incident
as he called on the authorities to examine what
he referred to as a "ticking time bomb" at the
Referring to the dangerous nature of some of
the girls sent there, the relative said many suffered
from mental and addictive disorders but no support
was being provided to existing staff to adequately
address the variety of issues that often occurred.
on June 15. Reports stated
that Bernard was stabbed
in the back and chest
during a heated argu-
ment at the woman s
Sylvester was arrested
and charged by Cpl
Roger Nanan. He was
represented by attorney
Carl Mattis, who asked
Police prosecutor Sgt
Lochan Kumar said a file
had been completed and
was sent to the Director
of Public Prosecutions
for a state attorney to be
assigned to prosecute.
remanded Sylvester into
custody and transferred
the matter to the First
Court for July 21.
Police Association welcomes audit...
Bring on Bratton Staff member hurt
in fight at St Jude's
INCIDENT FOLLOWS FATAL
ACCIDENT AT BOYS' HOME
This incident at St Jude's comes two-and-a-
half months after the death of Brandon
Hargreaves on April 8.
Hargreaves, 14, had been sent to the St
Michael's Home for Boys, Diego Martin.
He died almost two hours after he fell and hit
his head on a concrete floor while attempting to
drop-kick another boy assigned to his dorm.
That incident also raised questions about the
shortage of staff and their ability to deal with
the overwhelming numbers of boys between ten
and 17 who were being assigned to the boys'
Prisons officer on murder charge
Griffith said the audit
would ascertain the
shortcomings of the
TTPS, not just in
manpower strength and
but also in intelligence-
investigation, a special
victims unit, child
protection task force and
an emergency sections
He added that proper
methods must be utilised
for better law
enforcement and that if
those were not achieved
all the sophisticated
crime plans would be
Griffith also said he
would not be pressured
to negotiate with
criminals, adding it is a
pity that some citizens
prefer to protect
criminals instead of
Laventille residents were
choosing to engage in
protests over recent
"To those who only want
to conveniently complain
when the police shoot
someone in the line of
duty, even whilst being
shot at, and become
hostile when the police do
their duty but stay quiet
and never see anything or
know anything when the
conduct their duty with
no regard for life, all I can
say is that it is indeed a
pity," Griffith said.
He added: "The needs of
the many law-abiding
citizens by far outweigh
the needs of the few
criminal cockroaches and
those who protect them.
Hence I would not in any
way be pressured to give
GRIFFITH: NO NEGOTIATING WITH CRIMINALS
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