‘I wish I could have done more for TT’
By Nalinee Seelal Sunday, August 25 2013
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Former Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, left, poses for a photo in the company of Cpl Andy Boyce of the TT Police Service in front of a spectacular v...
Former Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs who resigned suddenly as this country’s Commissioner of Police on August 7 last year regrets that he was unable to do more for Trinidad and Tobago in terms of dealing with the crime situation.
Gibbs poured his heart out during a conversation with Cpl Andy Boyce of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service who works in the Office of the Commissioner of Police as a clerk.
When Gibbs served as Commissioner of Police, Boyce was his chief clerk.
In an interview with Sunday Newsday last week, Boyce said, one year ago, Gibbs invited him to come to Canada and spend some time at his home.
Boyce said he accepted the invitation and three weeks ago he travelled to Edmonton, Canada, where he spent two weeks at the home of his ex-boss. He said that during his stay there he went bicycling, mountain-climbing in the Rocky Mountains, visited a wild-life park and also did some jogging.
According to Boyce, during one of his conversations with Gibbs, the former TT Police Commissioner told him he had been monitoring what was taking place in Trinidad and Tobago and wished that he could have done more in terms of fighting crime in this country which he described as a paradise.
He said at no time did the former top cop say why he decided to suddenly resign as this country’s Commissioner.
Boyce said Gibbs spoke highly of the men and women in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, saying they were equal to any officer in First World countries, and believes there are good officers who are skilled enough to be at the helm of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
“He told me that he enjoyed his time here in Trinidad and was happy to have worked with some officers who displayed excellent policing skills. He said that the people of this country should appreciate all the sun, sand, sea, natural resources, nature trails and greenery which some countries do not have,” said Boyce.
The police officer said his stay at the home of the former top cop was an enjoyable experience and he was treated well. He said based on the feedback he received from Gibbs, it won’t be long before the former Commissioner visits TT on vacation with his wife and family.
Asked by Sunday Newsday if the former Commissioner has expressed any concerns about the crime situation in East Port-of-Spain or crime in general, Boyce said that Gibbs kept those views to himself.
Also questioned on whether Gibbs had taken up any form of employment since leaving TT, Boyce said his former boss remains in retirement, but was planning to take part in the Iron Marathon which involves swimming, bicycling and running.
During his stint in TT, Gibbs was active in sports.