Former Independent Senator Dr James Armstrong has been appointed as a member of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Attorneys Roamar Achat-Saney, Addisson Masefield Khan and Martin George have also been appointed to the PSC by President Anthony Caromona.
Khan and George were former commissioners who have been re-appointed.
Leader of Government Business Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday laid the papers of nomination by the President at the Parliament sitting at Tower D, International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain.
Professor Ramesh Deosaran, who last week was awarded the highest national award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, remains as chairman of the PSC.
Deosaran was appointed as PSC chairman in 2011, but the tenure of commissioners Khan, George, Jacqueline Cheesman and Kenneth Parker had expired last June, leaving the PSC without a quorum.
Armstrong was chairman of a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament that was appointed to examine the area of national security.
“It’s a new role, it’s a new representation...whenever you are called for national service all I can say is I would do my best to serve in whatever capacity I am asked to serve,” said Amstrong, speaking to the Express by phone.
The appointment of members to the PSC comes on the heels of crime talks between the Government and Opposition.
One of the recommendations put forward by the Opposition was changing the process by which the Commissioner of Police (CoP) is appointed. Currently, this function falls under the purview of the PSC.
Armstrong said he did not want to comment on the matter until he enters office and holds discussions with the chairman and other members as to what is the status of the process.
Under the provisions of the Constitution, the President, after consultation with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, is required to nominate to the House of Representatives persons who are qualified and experienced in the disciplines of law, finance, sociology or management for membership of the Commission.
The President is further required to make appointments to the Police Service Commission after the House of Representatives approves the Notification issued by the President in respect of each nomination.