Tuesday 29 September, 2020

DOMA tells Police Association: Give Gary Griffith a chance

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) is questioning the comments attributed to the Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) surrounding the possible appointment of Former National Security Minister Gary Griffith as Commissioner of Police.

An article in the Trinidad and Tobago Express noted that some members of the TTPSSWA were concerned of Griffith’s possible appointment as “politics and policing” do not mix.

In response, DOMA said it did not agree as Griffith’s possible appointment is an opportunity for politicians to take responsibility for the high crime rate.

“This point clearly ignores the fact that the politicians of the day pay the price of failed results and a high crime rate is of great significance to the choices that citizens make at election time.”

“If politicians must pay the price for failed performance why then should politicians not be able to choose who they feel will deliver better results? Governments of the day should be allowed to govern when it comes to the appointment of persons who will deliver service to the people of our traumatized and shell-shocked nation.”

DOMA said the Government deserves credit for a choice that seems to cross party lines in the interest of relieving citizens from this country’s horrific crime problem.

The Association added that it supported the former Minister of National Security as he had initiatives which could change the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) for the better.

“Mr Griffith has attracted the attention of this association with his views of a management model for the police based on performance as opposed to promotions by seniority. In fact, with regret, and with the cynicism that is raging in our land, the opposition by the Police Service Social and Welfare Association is being seen widely as a good indication that Mr Griffith might be the best man for the job.”

DOMA called on the TTPSSWA to avoid attaching itself to the failures of the past by rejecting a performance model with such failures not only connected to record crime levels but also seeing countless officers seeking redress in the High Courts for being bypassed for promotion. 

“We look to the President of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association to exercise prudent leadership in the interest of not only his association members but also of the citizenry who are in desperate need of relief. Such leadership will help to improve trust and respect in our law enforcement agencies and create the national teamwork that we as a nation have been longing for.”

DOMA also thanked acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams for his dignity and balance in the execution of his duties and for his service to T&T.


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