CoP’s plan of action
New officers subjected to drug and polygraph testing and psychological evaluation.
Increased manpower at Police Complaints Unit to eliminate the backlog of cases against officers.
Tribunal officers like judges will move in police divisions to deal with breaches of discipline by officers.
BY GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Recruits entering the T&T Police Service are not the “best” from society, Police Commissioner Trevor Paul has admitted.
Speaking at yesterday’s weekly press briefing held at Police Administration building in Port-of-Spain, Paul made the comment in light of criticisms made in the third report of the Joint Select Committee which was recently laid in Parliament.
The report, which denounced the effectiveness of the Police Service, stated that the mere fact that a recruit has entered the service he ought to, in effect, become “better” than the original pool of recruits.
Although the recruiting process has always aimed to “seek out the best” this has just not been the case, said the top cop.
“The recruiting process have always sought to get the best from those who come forward from society but we have not been getting the best,” said Paul.
Saying he was yet to read the report, the CoP said the fact that daily newspapers have carried snippets of the report was sufficient to warrant serious concern on the part of the Police Service.
“This really warrants major concern for us in the Police Service and we do in fact recognise there are shortcoming that we have to deal with,” said Paul.
But he was quick to point out that under the stewardship of Prof Stephen Matrsofski who was brought in about two years ago to transform the local Police Service, several changes have already occurred to make the organisation more competent.
“This has included developing officers’ basic training to provide better quality service and in effect to produce a better police officer,” Paul said.
He also said that would-be officers were now subjected to a series of tests including drug and polygraph testing and psychological evaluation.
In an effort to eliminate the backlog of cases filed at the Police Complaints Unit, Paul said manpower deployed at that section would be increased.
“In addition, tribunal officers who will be acting like judges will be moving from division to division to deal with breaches of discipline on the part of police officers,” added the CoP.
Asked when such a tribunal would be implemented Paul said he was prepared to do so “as of now.”
How the fock yuh not getting the best? The police service only want niggas and niggas doh like to go to school. They reject all Indians who apply to the service with ten times better qualifications. So they end up with ah set ah 3 CXC pass nigga officers dat cyah even deal wid a fly on an elephant cacahole. Simple!
Take this in from one of Anand Ramlogan's column.
"Good cop, bad cop...
“Two police officers sat behind the desk. They stared at her blankly. Neither man moved a muscle; they stared at her as though she had horns growing out of her head.
She realised she was not commanding the policemen’s attention nor conveying any sense urgency of her plight.
She tried again. She cleared her throat and raised her voice to repeat: “My daughter has just been kidnapped!”
One of the policemen, rising sluggishly, asked, “So how yuh know she get kidnapped?”
Frantically, she explained that her daughter was snatched while she driving through the front gate of their home. As her words poured out, she began to cry.
The policemen asked for a description of the vehicle, but she couldn’t give any because she, the mother, was not at home at the time her daughter was kidnapped in the driveway of their home. She said a neighbour who saw the entire incident described the vehicle as a heavily tinted, white B13 Sentra.
The policemen asked her whether her daughterhad a boyfriend.
She said no.
The other officer picked up the photo of her daughter from the counter and exclaimed, “Yuh mean to say ah good lookin gyul like dis eh have a boyfriend? Yuh mean you doh know if she have one?”
Confused and dazed, aware of the fact that time was passing quickly and frustrated by the casual attitude and irrelevant questions of the policemen, the mother asked, “What does whether she has a boyfriend or not have to do with the fact that she was kidnapped?”
The officer asked his colleague (who was holding the picture) whether he should call the Anti-Kidnapping Squad (AKS).
He replied, “For what? We eh have no proof dat dis gyul was kidnapped.”
Contrary to policy Almost 30 minutes had gone since she first came into the police station and she started begging the officers, literally, to do something.
They eventually agreed to accompany her back to her home, but said they had to wait because there was no vehicle currentlyavailable. She offered to take them with her, but they said that that was “contrary to policy because she was a civilian.”
They had to wait until the official police vehicle, which was on inquiries, returned, they told her.
Her belly started churning with a mother’s grief and gut-wrenching pain. She telephoned her husband who had already marshalled several vehicles with friends, villagers and family to go in search of their daughter.
She was comforted a bit and found herself profusely thanking her husband who angrily retorted, “What stupidness yuh talkin, is my child yuh know?”
She gave the officers the “good news” only to be told that they were wrong to take the law into their own hands and not wait for the police.
“Allyuh eh need no police, allyuh is all yuh own police,” an officer told her. "
Fockin typical niggas!
Ah hope he have lie detector tests from himself go right down.
Ah hope dey give Oswyn Allard ah lie detector test and ask em bout the $300.000.00 dey find in he office.
Ah hope dey tell we who is the officer they ketch depositing ransom money in the he bank account.
Oh fock I cyah stop nah.