Saturday, June 30 2007
SOME 1,000 court cases have fallen through because of the absence from court of police officers, revealed a Joint Select Committee (JSC) report on the Police Service Commission (PSC) chaired by Independent Senator Prof Ramesh Deosaran. The report was laid in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The JSC said: “The report by the Police Service Commission that close to 1,000 cases within a short time had to be dismissed largely for reasons of absenteeism deserves an urgent, immediate and separate inquiry which should lead to quickened disciplinary action where required.”
The JSC noted cases of dereliction of duty. “The failure of officers to attend court hearings in many cases and neglect of duty while engaged in employment outside the service have been identified as major problems.”
The report said the penalty for such moonlighting is the deduction of 12 days pay which it said is not a sufficient deterrent and that more stringent penalties be implemented. The report added that the Commissioner of Police (CoP) said the 7,000-strong Police Service is still short by 600 officers.
However, the committee heard evidence of the depletion of manpower through sick-leave, vacation-leave and study-leave, saying: “Your committee is of the view that there may well be serious irregularities in the processing (of) leave.”
The report said recruitment may be tainted by both alleged but unproven nepotism and poor performance in the entry exam.
History has shown in Trinidad that the niggas wanted to fully occupy the Police Service. That is why today we are faced with problems like above.
This is ah fuckin wanton waste of the courts, people's time and off course fockin tax payers money. The only fockers profiting from this shit is the lawyers.
Nigga police eh!