Neverending process to find a new top cop
Why the constant and prolonged dilly-dally over what should otherwise emerge as the simple selection of a commissioner of police, especially coming on the heels of the now-accepted conclusion that the selection of a foreigner to head the Police Service was totally unnecessary?
Is it because our local law-makers cannot have their own selfish ways in the selection of an officer of their own choice regardless of the unsuitability of the selectee for this prestigious position?
I remember decades ago when such choice for office was almost obvious and predictable, even in the presence of other worthy subjects for selection. The final nominee was, more often than not, accepted by all and sundry and we all celebrated.
To the contrary, the current new-found system of selection of the commissioner seems downright scandalous, cumbersome, unnecessary and ridiculously too costly.
Millions of dollars paid to foreigners to find us a man—local or even foreign in the process, as though we are too blind to discern a competent local man or woman for ourselves.
And we should note as well that no mention has ever been made anytime or anywhere about the possibility of a woman as commissioner of police.
Then when we eventually get there in our selection, it’s like we are in Hollywood—acting almost throughout the career of the selectee, at times never having been appointed to the full rank of commissioner. In the meantime, it must be clearly stated that the choice of a foreigner just does not fit within the true spirit of nationhood, independence and republicanism.
Moreover, it borders on the wilful inhibition of our human capital development.
What pours at the top infiltrates the entire rank and file of the system—blighting, contaminating and breaking the very morale of thousands of our native men and women within the protective services.
And let us not forget lawmakers should be the first to embrace the notion of the ballot as the best tool for the selection of the best representative for a people. Why, then, are they forever so hesitant to conclude the best way under the current circumstances for the selection of the next commissioner of police (and maybe his deputies) should be by way of a nationwide ballot among all the men and women recruited into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service? And how much will this exercise cost the treasury?