PM says gov’t fully supports one-year extension of the CoP

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PM says gov’t fully supports one-year extension of the CoP

Government fully supports the one-year extension of the term of office of Commissioner of Police (CoP) Erla Harewood-Christopher.

That’s according to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Speaking in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, he said the UNC seems to have a problem with the appointment of a substantive commissioner.

“This government does not subscribe to the fact that a temporary acting position is the best leadership for the police service.”

Rowley recalled it was the Opposition that indicated Harewood-Christopher was close to retirement.

The PM pointed to the rising crime and home invasions and said many people would be surprised at significant successes the police have been having.
But he admitted these successes have not been sufficient to stop the number of people choosing a life of crime.

Rowley attributed this to a “revolving-door arrangement” which the police are grappling with.

This arrangement involves people who are not afraid of being arrested, come out on bail and continue their criminal activity.
“The revolving-door arrangement has to be stopped.”