|Police shake-up |
By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, June 6 2014
ACTING Police Commissioner Stephen Williams on Monday announced via departmental orders the immediate transfer of several senior police officers which will take effect from next Monday.
The administrative changes include the Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag ACP) in charge of Crime Deodath Dulalchan being transferred to head the Police Mobile Unit while Ag ACP Carlton Alleyne will now sit as ACP (Crime).
Alleyne will be replaced at the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) by Senior Superintendent Wayne Boyd who was the head of the Port-of-Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Among some of the other changes are the transfer of Superintendent Imraj Balram from the Port-of-Spain Division to the Western Division. Balram is the person who is conducting the investigation into the display of placards with racist words during an anti-government march in Port-of-Spain two weeks ago by the OWTU and Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM).
Newsday understands that head of the Eastern Division, Senior Supt Othniel Williams has been transferred to the Complaints Division while ASP Joy Ramlochan of the E999 unit has been moved to the Southern Division.
Sources also revealed that Senior Superintendents John Martinez and Joanne James-Castanada who were elevated to the rank of ACP last week, proceeded on pre-retirement leave, a day afer they were promoted.
Asst Commissioner of Police Inez Joseph will now head Community Relations. Sources revealed yesterday that Williams made the changes due to the retirement of some officers paving the way for others to be elevated. Such a shake-up, sources said, is a norm in the Police Service.
Newsday also understands that Head of the Homicide Investigations Bureau ACP Wayne Dick who is leading a high-powered team of detectives investigating the assassination of State Prosecutor and former Independent Senator Dana Seetahal is scheduled to proceed on more than one year’s accumulate leave effective from next Monday.
However, it remains unclear if the top police sleuth will proceed on the leave because of the fact that he is spearheading investigations into several high profile murders, chief of which is Seetahal’s murder.
Seetahal, who was a prosecutor in the Vindra Naipaul Coolman murder trial, was shot dead in her SUV a month ago after she left the Ma Paul Casino in Woodbrook after a night of liming.
To date, no arrest has been made although police sources have indicated that officers have several suspects in mind, but are proceeding carefully with the investigation and are liaising with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to ensure that when arrests are made, there will be no legal loophole to get the suspects off of whatever charges are laid against them.