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ACP Piggott likely to be new Police Commissioner

By NALINEE SEELAL Thursday, June 10 2010

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has completed final interviews for the post of Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioners, and is expected to submit the names of the successful candidates to President George Maxwell Richards, before the end of this week.

On Tuesday the Police Service Commission met with Assistant Commissioner of Police Maurice Piggott, the only local police officer who is qualified as one of five persons in the order of merit list submitted by the Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) of Penn State University, for the post.

Piggott spent two hours on Tuesday with the PSC at the Trinidad Hilton, where he was grilled mainly about his personal life.

Sources said yesterday that Piggott is the man who the Police Service Commission will be recomending as their choice to be this country’s next Commissioner of Police.

Piggott, 58, is married, and the father of two children.

He has over 38 years service in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, and is currently head of Strategic Planning and Development in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Also on Tuesday, the Police Service Commission interviewed Assistant Commissioners Stephen Williams and Mervyn Richardson, who are strong contenders for the post of Deputy Commissioners of Police.

It remained unclear yesterday, whether the PSC also interviewed two Canadians, whose names also appear on the order of merit list for the post of Commissioner of Police.

When Parliament is reconstituted on June 18, Richards will send the names submitted by the PSC to Parliament for vetting and approval.

During the recent general election campaigning, the People’s Partnership indicated that it will not be supporting a foreign Commissioner.

Yesterday the Police Social and Welfare Association said it stands strongly in support of a local person being in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, and believes that there are competent local persons who can get the job done.

The Police Service has a vacancy for three Deputy Commissioners of Police and a Commissioner.

The Acting Commissioner James Philbert will demit office next Monday, having being given three extensions in office, while Acting Deputy Commissioner Gilbert Reyes, who was also given an extension in office, will retire on June 21.

Recently, the Minister of National Security Brigadier John Sandy indicated that a new Commissioner should be in office before the end of the month.

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