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Deosaran returns

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Thursday, April 24 2014

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Professor Ramesh Deosaran...
Professor Ramesh Deosaran...

NOTED criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran will return as chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), a release from President’s House stated yesterday.

According to the release, President Anthony Carmona, after consultation with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley, in accordance with Section 122 (3) of the Constitution, has nominated Deosaran to be appointed as a member and Chairman of the PSC, with immediate effect.

Deosaran, among other disciplines, is a person who is qualified and experienced in sociology and management, the release from President’s House added.

Deosaran is Programme Professor, Institute for Criminology and Public Safety, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, O’Meara campus.

Deosaran is spearheading research, policy development and public education programmes in the areas of crime management and prevention, school violence and delinquency, gang prevention and control, panel reform and restorative justice; community policing and police reform and road traffic.

His work continues in industrial and public safety, as well as undertaking international networking activities for joint academic/teaching, research and publication outputs.

Deosaran, who in 1972 completed his BSc in Social Psychology, Sociology/Cri­minology at the University of Toronto, completed his MA in 1974 and his PhD in 1976 at the same university.

He is the author of 15 books and research monographs, and has presented and published over 400 scholarly papers and journals. He is the Project Leader of a 15-member University Consortium of Experts to develop actionable policies on Caribbean Crime and Justice, Security and Public Safety.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Senior Fulbright Award and has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University, University of Hawaii, Oxford Centre for Social-Legal Studies, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Calcutta, University of Bombay, Madras University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY) and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He also visited universities in Bonn, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg.

Efforts by Newsday to reach Deosaran last night for a comment, proved futuile.

Deosaran, a former Independent Senator, was sworn in as chairman of the PSC on April 14, 2011.

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