It has been almost five years since the last substantive appointment to the rank of Commissioner of Police.
This was stated by Assistant Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw at Wednesday’s weekly Police Service press briefing, at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.
Hackshaw said he believed that the morale of officers in the service could be boosted if the full instrument of appointment was given to a qualified individual.
Hackshaw, who has been a police officer for 37 years, said, in his personal opinion, current acting Commissioner Stephen Williams would be a good candidate to be awarded the full instrument of appointment.
“I think we need a substantive commissioner. And I would think Mr Williams is the person to be (commissioner), in my view. That he is a good candidate to be awarded the commissioner of police (substantive title). I say this because you would want some level of, I should say, comfort and security, so that you can get the job done, without wondering what was coming next. And you know, it would boost morale and have a higher regard and respect from the community for the commissioner of police. There is already respect, but that confirmation could only boost it more,” Hackshaw said. The ACP also noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) was doing all it could to improve the detection rate for crimes committed, saying that, overall, 2017 had already seen a slight increase in the statistics.
“As for the detection rate, it has been increasing. Several divisions have increased their detection rate this year, the South Western Division is at 62 per cent, the Eastern Division is about 52 per cent, and there are divisions and areas in the TTPS where the detection rate has been increasing, so we are moving in the right direction,” said Hackshaw.
“As it stands, for murders only, we have an estimated 18 per cent detection rate. Now the detection rate for this crime, when viewed by itself, is not where we want it to be, but it is far better than where it was before. As a matter of fact just yesterday (Tuesday), several persons were charged for the murders in the south-western division. So every day, every week, persons being charged for serious offences, inclusive of murder,” he added.