Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday accused National Security Minister Jack Warner of "terrorising" Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs and treating him "like a little boy".
"The Minister of National Security is making no bones about it that he as Minister has a view which he expresses publicly and who he wants as Commissioner of Police," he said.
Rowley said it was the then Opposition United National Congress (UNC) that wanted the new law which removed the selection of the Commissioner of Police from the political directorate.
"When the PNM came to Parliament with a number of legislation to fight crime which we all agreed required to be passed, the UNC held those bills hostage, saying they would not support those bills murder or no murder, crime or no crime, they would not support those bills unless the PNM government agreed on a new law," he said.
Rowley was referring to the changes to the Police Service Act in 2007 and subsequent Constitutional amendment that removed the Commissioner of Police selection process from the Police Service Commission (PSC) and placed it in the hands of an international body.
"The Penn State University does some screening, select people, interview people and present their so-called unbiased findings to the Parliament through the Police Service Commission for Parliament to approve," he said.
"It was the UNC that said they wanted no part of the political directorate having no control over the appointment of a Commissioner of Police. Lo and behold, it is now the UNC coalition that is seeing a Minister of National security leading a charge of attacking the Commissioner of Police, undermining the independence of his office, intimidating him," Rowley said.
Rowley said the truncation of Gibbs' contract and the possible appointment of Warner's "selectee" was something the national population had to ponder on.
"I wouldn't be surprised, if the action man that he is, that he manages to get the government to terminate the contract of the Commissioner of Police and his deputy are now to be terminated," he said.