Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deosaran calls it quits

Less than 3 months after starting second term as PSC head...

Hinting at frustration in getting laws amended to get this country out of what he had previously termed a “wonder-land” during his tenure, Police Service Commission (PSC) chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran has now submitted his resignation from the PSC.

President Anthony Carmona yesterday accepted Deosaran’s resignation.

It will take effect on September 1.

On April 4, 2011, then president George Maxwell Richards revoked the appointment of Nizam Mohammed as chairman and member of the PSC over remarks Mohammed had made about the ethnic composition of the hierarchy of the Police Servi­ce.

On April 13, 2011, Deosaran, a criminologist by profession, was appointed to the post of PSC chairman.

At the time the country had a substantive Police Commissioner in the person of Canadian Dwayne Gibbs. On August 7, 2012, however, Gibbs served his final day in office.

Stephen Williams, whose substantive post is that of Deputy Police Commissioner, has been acting as Police Commissioner since then.

On July 24, Deosaran oversaw Williams’s most recent appraisal.

Williams, who today will be serving exactly two years as acting Police Commissioner, has had his appointment extended until January next year.

Speaking to the Express in a one-on-one interview on April 14—what was the last day of his three-year contract as PSC chairman—Deosaran said he was disappointed the process of selecting a substantive police commissioner was no closer to being resolved.

On May 23, Deosaran was re-appointed to the post of PSC chairman by Carmona.

Less than three months after being given his second term, however, Deosaran has decided to call it quits.

In a letter dated August 1, Deo­saran submitted his resignation as PSC chairman and member.

This letter was received by the Office of the President yester­day.

“As chairman, I have ensured that the constitutionally required appointments of Commissioner (Acting) and Deputy Commissioner (Acting) of Police have been properly done last month so as to help ensure stability at the executive level of the Police Service,” Deosaran wrote in his resignation letter, a release from the Office of the President stated yesterday.

“The Multi-Sectoral Review Team which I chaired had submitted its report since March 2013 proposing the required reforms to the administrative and legislative framework within which the Police Service Commission (PSC) now operates. You will recall, Mr President, when, as the Review Team’s chairman, I presented this report to you, I explained the extent to which the current framework prevents the PSC from executing its constitutional mandate with the required efficiency and effectiveness. I understand the Executive is giving this matter its attention,” Deosaran stated in his resignation letter.

Deosaran said he tried his best to do his duty as PSC chairman. “With the cooperation and support of members of the PSC, and based on past experience, the appraisal framework is being strengthened,” Deosaran’s letter stated.

“In other words, Mr President, I have so far tried my best to execute my duty as well as to help bring the required reforms to the Commission.

“I have served the Commission for three years and four months. May I express my deep appreciation for the goodwill and confidence you have bestowed on me,” his letter stated.

Carmona returned from vacation on Tuesday evening and received Deosaran’s resignation letter yesterday.

“President Carmona has accepted the resignation of Professor Ramesh Deosaran ORTT (Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago),” the release stated.