“The recruitment of a Police Commissioner and deputies is a very serious matter and it cannot just be interfered with.”
So said Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Speaking to the Express, she said these particular jobs are sacrosanct and are institutionally protected.
She said “It is for a reason, you cannot have Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners who may be chosen at a whim and fancy of a ruling government to the detriment of the TTPS (Trinidad and Tobago Police Service).”
Persad-Bissessar added that the United National Congress (UNC) will decide whether it supports Government’s move to make changes to the process of appointing a Police Commissioner (CoP) and Deputy Police Commissioners when it gets sight of the legal notice today.
She stated “It is a very important exercise, so therefore we await to see what the order is going to say. As with many things with this Attorney General, I don’t believe a thing he says until I see it in black and white so we will await seeing it (today).”
Commissioner Gary Griffith’s three-year contract comes to an end in August and Persad-Bissessar said the Opposition will meet in caucus to decide whether it will throw support behind his re-appointment.