Saturday 18 January, 2020

Central cops win President's award for public service excellence

Officers attached to the central division of the police service (TTPS) have received the 2019 President’s Award for Service Excellence in the Public
Sector.

The award which is part of a collaborative initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Office of the President, was conferred at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies Auditorium in Valsayn. It intends to recognize efforts at revolutionising the public service through innovation in response to ever-changing national challenges.

The police officers were awarded for their valiant efforts in the Enterprise community where they successfully decreased the high occurrence of violent crime and reduced distrust of the TTPS in the Enterprise, Chaguanas area.

"Through diligent work of many internal departments such as the Central Division Criminal Investigations Department, and a strong effort by Community Police operating in the Central Division, violent crime in the area has been drastically reduced. Many residents now report an increased sense of comfort and safety in navigating the community and an enhanced relationship with police officers operating in the area," the TTPS said in a statement.

On hand to receive the award were members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service including acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Jayson Forde; Assistant Commissioners of Police, Beverly Lewis, Odette Lewis, Patsy Joseph and Anthony James; and officers of the Central Division including Senior Superintendent Robert Hunte, ASP Richard Smith and  acting Sergeant Jacey Small.

President Paula-Mae Weekes and Chief Justice Ivor Archie were also present at the event. 

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