The Police Service Commission (PSC) will be discussing a report from Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs on the leasing of a light surveillance aircraft tomorrow, PSC chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran has said.
Speaking yesterday following a graduation ceremony at the El Socorro Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Hindu Primary School, Deosaran said the PSC recently received the report from Gibbs and it would be discussed at their meeting on Thursday.
"And we will move from there," he added.
In January, Opposition MP Donna Cox had raised the issue of a $.9 million contract for the aircraft in Parliament and had pointed to e-mail exchanges between the company directors and deputy commissioner of Police Jack Ewatski.
She had also described it as a waste of taxpayers money.
Gibbs had submitted a report on the issue to then national security minister, Brig John Sandy, who said he knew nothing of the contract, and it was forwarded to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Gibbs had opined that as accounting officer he was authorised to sign off on the contract as it was under $1 million, but Solicitor General Eleanor Donaldson Honeywell had concluded he had acted "without authority".
On the evaluation of the performance of Gibbs, Ewatski and deputy commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, Deosaran said it was "ongoing".
He explained that every year the commission was constitutionally bound to complete the appraisal.
"So we have started the process and we should complete it by the end of the year," he said.
He said the PSC was currently doing the measures and the enquiries and has had consultations with them as part of due process.
"So we are fulfilling all requirements, both in terms of due process and the constitutional requirements. So we are on the right track so far," Deosaran added.
In the previous evaluation, Gibbs and Ewatski had received a "fair" grade—on a rating scale from poor, unsatisfactory, fair, satisfactory, good, very good and excellent—while Williams's performance was rated as "satisfactory".
Both Gibbs and Ewatski had challenged their evaluations.
During his address yesterday, Deosaran told SDMS general secretary Sat Maharaj that the only job more difficult than his was being PSC chairman.
"Anything you say somebody else has something to say. Anything you do somebody has something to say different from that," he said..
"Not recognising ... that those of us in high office with sacred responsibilities, especially constitutionally sacred responsibility, must do the proper thing in the proper way without caring to be popular. That is what I am practising in the (PSC). Very challenging," he said.
He continued: "We are not in any popularity contest. The Constitution tells us to monitor and evaluate certain processes and we intend to do it in the interest of preserving the welfare and the safety of country. And no letter-writer of any kind will stop us from performing these duties in the public interest."