Hoping for justice: Police constable Kernel Dates

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Cop waiting on 5 years’ salary

By Elizabeth Williams

Police constable Kernel Dates is hoping for justice in the payment of salary arrears.
On June 28, 2006, PC Dates was arrested and charged for kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and larceny of a cutlass in an incident which had occurred on Young Street, Scarborough. These charges were later dismissed against him due to the non-appearance of the complainant in the matter.
Dates was a Special Reserve Police officer employed under the Special Reserve Police 1000 Project and was among the officers to be absorbed in the year 2009 when the absorption exercise was conducted.
On July 18, 2011, he resumed duty and was posted to the Tobago Division and later applied for the arrears of salary for the period June 29, 2006 to July 18, 2011. During this period, he was not paid a salary, and to date he has not been paid his outstanding monies, nor has he been able to get a promotion.
The Express acquired documents in the matter from the Adjutant, Special Reserve Police, ASP James Caruth dated October 2011, recommending that Dates’s matter be addressed, and drew reference to a similar case in 2007 in which ex- constable David Basdeo Ramsaran was also exonerated in his matter, following it being dismissed.
“I recommend that Constable Dates be paid salary and allowance for the period June 29, 2006 to July 18, 2011. Also that he be paid in lieu of vacation leave that he would have earned over the period,” the Adjutant stated.
However, Dates is still waiting. He is currently attached to the Old Grange Police Station.
Contacted for a comment on the matter, Dates said he has been awaiting a positive outcome of his case for some time now without success. Dates offered no further comment on the matter.
Vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association, Insp Michael Sealy, when contacted, said while he was not aware of Dates’s distresses, he would look into the matter.
“I have a list containing officers’ concerns that need to be addressed. He can contact me, and once the necessary documents are provided, we will look into the matter,” Insp Sealy said.
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