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Retired cops: West must resign over 'Total Policing' report
Retired police of icers in New
York and Trinidad are calling
for the resignation of Director of
the Police Complaints Author-
ity David West in light of the re-
port of the Total Day of policing
which recommended disciplinary
and/or criminal action be taken
against some of the of icers in-
President of the Retired Police
Association of Trinidad and New
York Clayton Blackman told the
T&T Guardian that in his opinion
the PCA had "deliberately gone
beyond its mandated boundaries
He said the group comprising
over 150 retired police of icers
in Trinidad and the Tri-State area
felt that the PCA has a duty to "try
to work with the police and not
just criticise and bash of icers on
a daily basis."
The retired police of icer,
who now lectures to of icers at
Costaat, said he believed that
21st-century policing "has evolved
to the point where of icers must
have proper morale and must be
well taken care of."
Blackman expressed concern
that within recent times "citizens
have been disrespectful and at-
tacking police of icers and what
the PCA said is doing is only
encouraging civilians to act up
against police of icers."
"I would say Mr. West should
immediately resign his position
because he does not have a clue
as to what he is doing."
The director of the PCA he said
should be looking "at how to cre-
ate a better environment to keep
of icers on the straight and nar-
row part to avoid them participat-
ing in corrupt activities."
Blackman said West had sig-
nalled "an adversarial position,"
against the police when he ref-
fered to of icers as a "gang,"
during an address at an event
organised by the British High
Commission, West subsequently
Blackman said in his opinion
West had "never said anything
positive towards of icers.
Blackman said he was hoping
that the DPP would look at the
report "not on circumstantial evi-
dence but on direct evidence and
if it is found that of icers were cul-
pable then the necessary action
should be taken."
Prakash writes PM
on transfer of
Special Branch head
Former leader of the Congress of
the People (COP) Prakash Ram-
adhar yesterday sent a letter to
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
asking him to "investigate" the
alleged transfer of Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Ainsley Garrick
for failing to take instructions from
a "politician" to arrest and charge
a police constable with terror-re-
The St Augustine MP raised the
issue yesterday at a press confer-
ence at his Tunapuna of ice as he
called on Rowley to probe what
triggered Garrick's transfer.
Last Sunday, Ramadhar said he
became concerned after reading
a daily newspaper, which stated
that Garrick, who once headed the
elite Special Branch unit, had been
transferred after he failed to take
instructions from a politician to
lay charges against a PC who had
been absolved of having any link to
a terrorist organisation.
The transfer led to Garrick ap-
plying for leave with immediate
If the content of the article was
true, Ramadhar said, the politician
stood accused of misbehaviour in
public of ice and perverting the
course of justice.
The letter sent to Rowley was
also copied to President Anthony
Carmona, Director of Public Pros-
ecutions Roger Gaspard, chairman
of the Integrity Commission Zain-
ool Hosein and head of the Police
Complaints Authority David West.
Ramadhar said the country's
rule of law ensuredthat preser-
vation of the independence of its
institutions and the separation of
powers were important to its de-
He said: "No politician in this
country should have the authority
or belief that they could instruct
any of icer of the Police Service to
lay charges against anyone."
Calls and text messages were
sent to both Williams and Dillon
on the matter. However, there was
no response up to late yesterday.
St Augustine, MP, Prakash
Ramadhar displays a letter
addressed to Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley during a press
conference at his constituency office
in Tunapuna, yesterday.
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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