Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said yesterday there was "no animosity" from both outgoing Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs or Deputy Commissioner of Police Jack Ewatski at yesterday's farewell luncheon.
A source who attended the function, which took place at Police Administration Building, Sackville Street, Port of Spain, said both men were presented with commemorative plaques, and Gibbs thanked the country for the opportunity.
Though both men refused to speak with members of the media who had gathered outside the building, Ewatski was seen exiting the building empty-handed and left with his driver soon after the lunch was wrapped up.
Gibbs, who has been keeping a low profile following his resignation last Monday, responded in a text message on Friday saying that "future plans have not been contemplated or settled as yet" when asked about his next move after demitting office today.
Williams, in a telephone interview yesterday, said he would "assume leadership" of the Police Service today.
"That would involve meeting with key leaders in the organisation," Williams said.
He said there would be no formal or ceremonial handing over ceremony from Gibbs.
"I have been meeting with Gibbs for the past several days, every day," Williams said.
"We had an excellent luncheon and send off," he added.
Williams, even before officially assuming office, had received criticism and praise in equal measure.
National Security Minister Jack Warner has been consistently supportive of Williams in his new role and even "promoted" him to Commissioner of Police during a meeting last Saturday.
Both Gibbs and Ewatski handed in their resignations on July 26, but it was formally announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on July 30.
The two Canadians, who had signed three-year contracts with the Ministry of National Security, resigned one year before their terms were up, and were paid a little over $1.2 million each, as an ex-gratia payment, for their service.
Williams has been appointed by the Police Service Commission to act as Commissioner of Police from today until the end of January 2013.