Police Commissioner

PSC moves ahead with CoP recruitment, selection

The decision follows the Commission’s review of the ruling by Justice Peter Rajkumar in the matter of Harridath Maharaj and The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago and Police Service Commission.

The PSC says it has given full and mature consideration to Rajkumar’s findings and judgment including consultation with Senior Counsel.

At its 14th Statutory Meeting last Thursday it decided to proceed with the process by way of open tender as determined and prescribed by the Commission.

Police Commissioner slams Robocop "bandit" comment

This in response to a front page Express newspaper report published on Wednesday headlined ‘Former Central Division top cop says his murder headlined ‘Former Central Division top cop says his murder was a blessing in disguise: Robocop the bandit".

In this report, certain statements are attributed to Senior Superintendent (Ag.), Jayson Forde, who effective July 18, 2016, proceeded on vacation leave which will lead to his formal retirement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the TTPS said in a release.

Opposition calls for removal of AG following court ruling

This after the High Court on Thursday morning ruled that the Police Orders enacted in January this year by the Government for the selection and appointment of a Police Commissioner are unconstitutional.

Opposition Leader and Senior Counsel Kamla Persad-Bissessar, speaking with the media after the delivery of the ruling, says it has prevented the establishment of a police state under the People’s National Movement (PNM) administration and at the beck and call of the political directorate.

She says the public can now rest easy because of the ruling. 

Police divisional heads called to higher accountability

Speaking at the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce last evening, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the statement, while lamenting that stories of people carrying around guns and shooting and killing other citizens become commonplace.

"It is unacceptable that we are now taking for granted that in Trinidad and Tobago, persons running around with firearms, automatic weapons, who are now shooting at long distance and three or four murders a day, no longer making the news, and traumatising us."

Opposition challenges Gov't's CoP order

In a statement released Thursday, Persad-Bisessar asked whether the Government already has a specific candidate lined up for the position and said that there was an unjust and undue delay in notifying the Speaker of the orders coming into effect before it was brought before the House.

The motion was part of Government's intention to ensure the appointment of a Trinidad and Tobago national as Commissioner of Police, however Persad-Bisessar is questioning the delay in bringing the orders before Parliament.

Police Assoc withdraws case against Commissioner

This was confirmed yesterday by sources at the Association who noted that the matter came up before Justice Carol Gobin in the Port-of-Spain High Court. 

The Association was represented by attorneys Pamela Elder SC, Richard Mason and Camille Warner.

Representing the State were Neil Byam and Randall Hector.