Tuesday 21 January, 2020

PM calls for Special Select Committee to review Top Cop nominations

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has requested that a Special Select Committee be set up to review appointments for the office of Police Commissioner Deputy Police Commissioner.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the decision was taken as a result of ‘disquiet’ and questions raised by the public over the nominations of Acting Police Commissioner Deodath Dulalchan.

Today it is with great disappointment that I have to ask this House to acknowledge that we are not in a position to conclude this process to the satisfaction of the wider national community,” he said.

Dr Rowley said government was allowed no insight into the nomination process until it was brought before Parliament.

“For this house to proceed without answers to the questions that have been raised, is for the House to proceed without appropriate information that is required for the House to act appropriately,” he said.

He said one of the problems facing the TTPS is the lack of confidence in the service and an absence of trust.

The Committee is to report to Parliament by March 31, 2018.

According to media reports, questions have been raised over the nomination of Dulalchan for the post of Police Commissioner after he allegedly only applied for the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police. 

(Photo: Acting Police Commissioner Deodath Dulalchan.)

Additionally, Dulalchan was said to have been named in connection with incidents requiring disciplinary action under the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) in recent weeks. 


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