PSC calls Guardian article on the CoP “misleading”

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PSC calls Guardian article on the CoP “misleading”

The Police Service Commission says it has taken note of an article written by Renuka Singh and published in today’s Guardian newspapers (March 4, 2021 page 1 and 5) headlined “Griffith scores highly in performance survey”.

In a media release issued this afternoon by the PCA, it says “the writer asserts that international market research and analytics consultant Akilah Procope, on behalf of the Police Service Commission conducted the online survey, and that the Police Service Commission ahead of its review of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith’s performance, revealed the result of the survey.“

PCA continued by saying “this assertion is untrue, misleading and negligently made. It is apparent that the writer has made the above statement without caring as to whether it is true or the negative impact that will have on the independence and integrity of the Police Service Commission.”

The Commission confirmed that two surveys of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are conducted annually.

These are, the Public Trust, Confidence and Satisfaction Survey of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. This survey took place over the period Wednesday, 14 October to Wednesday, 4 November 2020, and secondly, the Employee Satisfaction Survey for members of the TTPS, which took place from Monday, 12 October to Friday, 30 October 2020.  

In both instances, the Commission said the following:   

A. utilised the in-house resources of the Police Service Commission Secretariat to undertake the surveys; and
B. adheres to the principle that the performance appraisal of the Commissioner of Police is confidential and must be guarded from inappropriate disclosure.

“As there is no truth to the assertions made in the article, the Police Service Commission requires that the Guardian newspaper immediately retract its article and apologise for the comment statements made which has affected the reputation of the organization.” 

The Commission said it expects “the retraction and apology to receive the same prominence as the original article did.”