Archie: No place for politics in crime fight
DESPITE the "rift" between the Minister of National Security Jack Warner and Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, the Police Service is committed to dealing with the crime problem and is not under any political pressure to do so.
This assurance came yesterday from public information officer of the Police Service, ASP Joanne Archie, at the daily police press briefing held at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.
Asked whether the "rift" between the two heads had any affect on the work that the Police Service was doing, Archie said, "We owe a responsibility to the community and we will ensure that we remain to our mandate...whatever we have to do, whatever means we have to do it to assure members of the public that we will continue to work with the mandate."
Asked then what was Gibbs' thinking on the criticisms, she said: "He has not told me yet."
Archie said there has been a reduction in serious crimes and when asked why statistics concerning serious crimes were pulled from the Police Service website she said she was unaware of it. She however added that if that were true, it may be as a result of the web hosts wanting to ensure the correct figures were highlighted to the public and no other reason.
Asked about Warner's plan to utilise Regiment officers to combat crime, Archie said the idea had to be communicated firstly to the Commissioner of Police and then he would give any mandates concerning how the merger would work.