Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Parliament to sit on Monday to consider Gary Griffith as Top Cop

Former Minster of National Security, Gary Griffith

Former Minster of National Security, Gary Griffith

The House of Representatives will sit on Monday 30 July to debate the notification of nomination of Gary Griffith for the position of Commissioner of Police.

This confirmation came from Parliament on Wednesday.

“Be resolved that the Notification of the President of the nomination by the Police Service Commission of Mr. Gary Griffith to the office of Commissioner of Police be approved.

The next Sitting of the House of Representatives will be held on Monday July 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The only business to be transacted at this Sitting is the Government Motion.”

The House of Representatives has already rejected three candidates for the post including Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Deodat Dulalchan.

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has reiterated that the selection process used by the Police Service Commissioner was flawed and as such Government could not support the candidates.

It also comes as reports in the media indicate that Government’s pick for the Top Cop position is Griffith and they’re prepared to submit his notification on Monday,

Speaking during the debate on a motion to approve the notification of nomination of Stephen Williams in Parliament last week, the Prime Minister said Government couldn’t support Williams, however, there may persons on the merit list that Government will support.

This prompted speculation that the Prime Minister was referring to Griffith.

“If there’s another name on the merit list and until the merit list is exhausted, we are not able to escape the process. The Public Service Commission doesn’t advise the President or Government of who’s on the merit list or how many are on it, we await the notification from the PSC, as it might very well be that there are others on the merit list that might find favour with the House,” Rowley said.

Following reports that Griffith, a former National Security Minister, was named as Government’s pick for the Top Cop position, President of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association Inspector Michael Seales publicly stated that the police executive will not support him.

 

 

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