President selects Rajiv Persad as fifth nominee for PSC

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President selects Rajiv Persad as fifth nominee for PSC

Attorney Rajiv Persad has been selected by President Paula-Mae Weekes, as the fifth and final nominee for the Police Service Commission.

Persad’s name was revealed in a statement on Friday.

Four other people have already been nominated. They include retired high court judge Judith Jones, management consultant Maxine Attong, chartered accountant Maxine King and criminologist Ian Ramdhanie.

In keeping with the provision of the Constitution, President Weekes consulted with the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader before making the recommendations.

Persad, a former temporary High Court Judge and former Deputy Chairman of the Integrity Commission, currently serves as vice-president of the Law Association.

The move to appoint new members of the commission comes as four former members including former chairman Bliss Seepersad resigned following the controversy surrounding the commission’s short-lived suspension of former acting police commissioner Gary Griffith.

The names of the nominees will now be tabled before the House of Representatives for approval.

A new PSC is required to nominate someone to act as Commissioner of Police and complete the process of appointing a substantive CoP.