THREE women rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) yesterday during a "historical" promotion that saw a sweeping change in the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
Margaret Sampson-Browne, Eulyna Julius and Ann-Marie Alleyne were among ten persons appointed as ACPs yesterday.
The ten ACPs were among 115 people who were yesterday promoted to the rank of First Division within the TTPS.
The TTPS First Division ranges from Police Commissioner to Assistant Superintendent of Police.
The promotion exercise took place at the Police Administration Building located at the corner of Edward and Sackville Streets, Port of Spain.
"Never before in the history of Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has such a large gathering of First Division officers to be promoted at any given time," Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Stephen Williams said yesterday.
The promotion of Sampson-Browne, Julius and Alleyne is the first time so many women have held the rank of ACP at one time, top cop Dwayne Gibbs said yesterday.
"Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the TTPS as ten persons are being appointed to Assistant Commissioner of Police, three of which are women. This is significant as it is the first time a significant percentage of persons being promoted are women," Gibbs said.
"The TTPS has been able to create an environment where women in the Service are fully immersed and allowed to participate in the decision-making process of our organisation and recognised as equal partners at the executive level," he said.
"The historical promotion today clearly demonstrates our commitment to transforming and modernising the Police Service and I am extremely pleased to acknowledge that with new leaders and managers in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service we can achieve our goals," Gibbs said.
All the "existing vacancies" were filled through a "transparent and fair process", Gibbs said.
He added that while the "rate of attrition" in the TTPS has continued apace, the executive is putting things in place to ensure "sustainability through effective leadership".
Gibbs said the new police executive will have a positive effect in the fight against crime and the other ills affecting the TTPS.
"We will be improving our level of management and stepping boldly into the future with proper training and competencies we will reduce crime and victimisation and improve citizen satisfaction in our policing services. We will provide the environment where the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago can experience an improvement in their quality of life because of our leadership; your leadership," Gibbs told the recently promoted officers.
"Each of you must understand the TTPS can only be as effective as the individuals within it and during this critical transformation period. It requires more than policies and procedures. It requires the changes to be actioned and operationalised. If you do not implement these changes, we will simply be spinning our wheels in mud," he added.
Within the last year, the face of the entire executive of the Police Service has changed. Canadian Gibbs and his countryman, Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Ewatski, received their letters of appointment from former PSC chairman Nizam Mohammed on September 20 last year.