PRESIDENT of the Police Social and Welfare Association Sergeant Anand Ramesar was sentenced yesterday on three disciplinary charges.
It was ordered that 12 days' pay be deducted from Ramesar's salary for each of the three charges— engaging in a professional undertaking without permission from the Commissioner of Police; falsehood, and discreditable conduct.
The decision was handed down yesterday by the Police Service Complaints Tribunal, which was chaired by Superintendent Clarence Boodram and included Acting Senior Superintendent Cecil Santana and Superintendent Stephen Pustam.
The offences arose from an incident on October 3, 2011, at the Scarborough Magistrates' Court in Tobago where Ramesar provided legal representation to a police officer charged with misconduct in public office, for allegedly renting his service firearm.
Ramesar subsequently withdrew from the case when he was informed that the accused police officer was not privately cross-charged by a civilian the accused police officer had charged.
As Association president, Ramesar can only represent police officers, who are members, if they face a private cross-charge of misconduct in public office, laid by a civilian.
The Complaints Tribunal heard evidence in the case at the Police Complaints Authority in San Fernando.
Former commissioner of police Dwayne Gibbs appeared in July before the tribunal to give evidence.
Ramesar could not be contacted by cellphone yesterday, with the calls going to voicemail.