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By Joel Julien

THE proposed new-look police uniforms received a passing grade from those who viewed them yesterday. This is according to Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) president Sgt Anand Ramesar.

The new-styled uniforms, which were proposed by a committee set up by the General Council of the TTPSSWA, were yesterday presented for viewing on the Fifth floor of the Police Administration building in Port of Spain.

Last year there was an attempt by former police commissioner Dwayne Gibbs to introduce a new uniform under the 21st Century Policing initiative. Gibbs' uniform was rejected.

The new-look uniforms however got a thumbs up from those who attended yesterday's viewing.

"They (the audience) commended the committee for what was done in selecting the uniform," Ramesar said. There were "little recommendations for changes to fine tune the uniform", he added.

The next step is now for acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to write National Security Minister Jack Warner and seek a change in the police uniforms.

"The time has really come for us now to change the uniform for the well-being of the officers," Ramesar said.

In attendance at yesterday's meeting were several members of the Police Service's First Division including Williams and other officials from the other arms of the country's National Security Ministry.

The media was however not allowed to attend the event yesterday despite invitations from the TTPSSWA.

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