It is long past the time when the Government of the day—current and past—working through Parliament, should have brought to an end the patently untenable and dysfunctional cycle of temporary appointments to the post of Commissioner of Police (CoP).
The psychological and other damage to the country—and to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in particular—of this stop-gap arrangement, is too high.
It is time to send a message to the citizenry, the TTPS, would-be investors, the criminals and the world around us that we are serious about the arrangements we have put in place to “Protect and Serve” all residents. One major signal in this regard would be to appoint a substantive CoP as soon as possible. The resources—five years—and $7 million—have been expended in this regard.