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6 more months

By MIRANDA LA ROSE Friday, July 25 2014

Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams’ performance has improved from last year, but he has to improve the crime detection rate among other areas, according to the Police Service Commission.

“The Acting Commissioner of Police has improved from last year. The PSC was very pleased to let him know that,” PSC Chairman Professor Ramesh Deosaran said yesterday.

“Deosaran and Williams spoke with the media yesterday after PSC commissioners and Williams met at the PSC headquarters’ in Tunapuna.

“Williams tenure as Acting CoP was also extended until January 31, 2015. The extension marks the fifth six-month extension Williams has been given in the position.

Also rated “quite good” was Deputy Commissioner of Police Anne Marie Alleyne-Daly who was given eight recommendations for further improvement.

On the ten recommendations handed to Williams, Deosaran said, he has to improve the detection rate, and has to have more outreach programmes to get the public in fuller partnership with the police service.

Other recommendations include having to deal with complaints within the TT Police Service itself, as “complaints against officers should be treated very seriously because they affect public confidence,” Deosaran said. Williams assured that he will look at the recommendations.

The top cops were rated on maintenance of law and order, public trust and confidence, human resource management, strategic initiatives, financial administration, and the quality of documentation submitted to the PSC as required for appraisal.

Commenting on Alleyne-Day’s appraisal, Deosaran said she is good officer, has a good future, is a good administrator. “We look forward to some great things from her as an exemplar of what a senior police officer should be, and in terms of serving the public,” he said.

Asked about the current status of the recruitment of a substantive CoP, Deosaran said that it is “nowhere near the horizon.” The process has to start with recruitment, and that has not even begun.

Nevertheless, he said he will continue to give of his best for TT regardless of the challenges that confront his office.

Asked if he was disheartened at not being appointed to the substantive position, Williams said, “There is a lot of work to be done. Those thing become irrelevant to me. Right now I am basically working for free. I have given 35 years' service. I joined the service very young, (at) 18. I am entitled to my pension every month, sit home, relax and get Government to pay me for doing nothing. Yet, I continue to provide a service to this country without taking that (pension) as an option,” he added.

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