The process for selection of a Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner is being changed.
Government has revoked Legal Notice 183, and created the new Legal Notice 277, which allows for a fresh search for a CoP and Deputy CoP.
This means the merit list for Commissioner of Police done by the previous Police Service Commissioner (PSC) will no longer apply.
The notice also changes the process to appoint an acting CoP, limiting that to certain ranks of officers in the T&T Police Service and not contracted people.
The notice, according to a GML report, is titled “The Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process (No 2) Order 2021. The notice will be tabled in the Senate next Tuesday.
The notice made by the President under Section 123(2) of the Constitution is subject to negative resolution of Parliament.
Former Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has called the changes, “desperation by certain individuals” in making the changes to criteria, including, “drafting a notice deliberately to ensure Gary Griffith can’t act as Commissioner.”