Jun 13, 2010

Preferred Choice for New Commissioner of Police|Local or Foreign?

"Questioned of a report in a daily newspaper that Canadian Neal Parker, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and currently Deputy Commissioner of the Antigua Police Force, is the preferred choice to be this country’s next Commissioner of Police, Persad- Bissessar said the last process for the COP was subverted. “The Government found a way to subvert it and bypass the law.” “I don’t know if it is a Canadian or not,” insisting that the People’s Partnership will abide by the law “until such law may be changed.”

The search for a top cop has been ongoing for the past two years, since the previous government rejected the Police Service Commission’s (PSC) nominee in 2008, complaining that the process of recruitment was flawed. Parker is one of five persons in line for the COP job. Told that some contracted workers at the Information Ministry were fearful of losing their jobs, Persad-Bissessar as everything else “we will have to review it. “If it is there are persons who don’t necessarily need to be there, we will review it.”

I am curious about this news report indicating that a Canadian citizen now serving as the Deputy Commissioner of the Antigua Police Service is now the top candidate for the post in Trinidad and Tobago. I was under the impression that a local candidate was at the top of the list taking into consideration the last person the Police Service Commission recommended but was rejected by ex-Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

If this is the case then was ex-Prime Minister correct when he rejected the last candidate? Please note that this rejection was in 2008 and to this date we continue to saddled with an acting Commissioner of Police.  I hope that if the Canadian citizen is indeed the preferred choice that the Antiguan government won't see this as poaching on their service personnel.

Whatever the outcome I do hope that the new Commissioner would be someone of integrity and someone who would not be intimated and be able to make sweeping changes that would rid the service of the malaise that has infected the morality of the service thereby weakening the effectiveness of the service's policing abilities.

Let's us hope as this new government has promised that the appointment comes sooner than later - we need to move on now and not procrastinate as did the previous administration.






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