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PSC to hold news conference on top cop

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

THE Police Service Commission (PSC) is scheduled to hold a news conference tomorrow to discuss the appointment of the Police Commissioner and the two deputies.

Stephen Williams' term as acting Police Commissioner officially comes to an end at the end of January 2013. He assumed the reins of the Police Service following the resignation of Canadian Dwayne Gibbs on August 7.

Williams served as acting Commissioner of Police five times during Gibbs' two-year tenure and previously served in the same capacity on two separate stints in July 2010 for eight days and then again from the end of August to September 22, 2010 when Gibbs was appointed.

Sgt Anand Ramesar, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social Welfare Association, (TTPSSWA) yesterday said the appointment of a Police Commissioner needed to be properly addressed by the PSC because of concerns of low morale among police officers.

Ramesar wrote PSC chairman Dr Ramesh Deosaran earlier this month citing those concerns. "We need a Police Service that has a proper appointment of officers established," Ramesar said yesterday.

Ramesar said the TTPSSWA was "not necessarily" supporting Williams but was calling for the issue to be addressed properly.

"We respect Williams as somebody who is eligible (for the position of Police Commissioner) but we are not going on the onset to say 'yes we want Mr Williams' because we have not seen who are the other candidates at this time," Ramesar said. "We are keeping an open mind," he added.

Tomorrow's news conference at 11 a.m. will be held at the Police Service Commission Secretariat located at the corner of Pasea Main Road and the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in Tunapuna.

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