under my watch
As for implementation, Cordner identified three areas—police posts to be established with adequate staffing to bring effect to his crime plan, surveillance and patrolling of the waters off Moruga, Chaguaramas, Cedros, Toco, the Caroni River through Chantia Trace, and to know the suspects and cause them to be brought to justice.
As part of the NFSIU's mandate, Cordner had sought the establishment of a base at Laventille which he said had been gifted from the government in 1966.
Cordner had produced a letter which he addressed to "Minister of National Securities" and dated September 11, 2012 which identified a property at the corner of Pashley Street and Old St Joseph Road, Laventille which was submitted for a police post.
"Dr Mervyn Cordner along with members of the Flying Squad visited the said property along with the owner of the property and is very concern (sic) to begin use especially because of the present spate of murders. This location will produce change of behaviour among the people and the Police/Army contingent to maintain law and order," the letter read.
Investigations by the Sunday Express revealed that Cordner did not possess a valid doctorate.
Cordner had told the Sunday Express that he had been engaged in several operations which were a joint effort between his NFSIU, the police and the army.
He provided documents which showed that on October 9 last year, the NFSIU had conducted an operation with 40 officers with "cutlasses" and a medical team.
The document stated: "On October 9/10/2012, NFS Officers acting on information received with the assistance of the air unit were able to conduct air surveillance of the area."
The strategy was that "Officers would muster at a playground in the area and the helicopter shuttle the officers to and from the fields. The Result was that Numerous large marijuana fields spotted, coordinates taken."
Another alleged entry into NFS operations had as its target of interest a location in the Northern Division.
The date of the entry was 13/10/2012.
The objective was to detain people involved in human trafficking and prostitution.
The equipment the NFS allegedly used were 14 police officers and four women officers, immigration officers and translators.
There were no results for this exercise.
Cordner also provided a list of equipment which he had submitted to the Ministry on October 16.
He told the Sunday Express that he had been asked to investigate the murder of a Chinese couple, Yang Jiang Hua and Wu Xia Hua both 60 years old, who were shot and killed at Tiger's Chinese Restaurant at Southern Main Road, Cunupia on July 19, 2012.
He said he had detained someone for the murders and had him in a safe house for a while following the incident but did not disclose what happened to the individual or if he handed him over to police.
Further, he also told the Sunday Express who "Mr Big" in T&T was.
But he said the government was unwilling to go after him.
Cordner even claimed to have an arrest warrant for a former minister of government.
He said he was promised a budget similar in quantum to the now-defunct Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) at about $180 million for his operations and as such had rented space at Factory Road at Piarco, recruited men and spent money out of his own pocket with the expectation that he would be reimbursed.
In June 2012, Warner was appointed Minister of National Security.
Shortly after his appointment, Warner said he would explore the possibility of bringing back a "Flying Squad that is sanitised" in his approach to deal with the country's crime scourge.
Warner has maintained that he eventually dismissed the revival of the unit because Police Commissioner Williams was not comfortable with making former Flying Squad members—among them Lance Lashley, Trevor St Louis and Michael Lambert—special reserve policemen (SRPs).
It was Cordner who approached Warner in July 2012 with a proposal to resurrect the Flying Squad. He already had a Chaguanas-based doctor on board and was negotiating insurance packages for the team.
Warner yesterday dismissed the idea that a "brawn-based" approach was now needed to deal with crime.
"Criminals are so far ahead. The age has evolved. If Randolph Burroughs was around today, I am not sure he would have used the same approach to dealing with crime. The age of brawn is over," he said.
Cordner has insisted that the men be paid for the work they did over the six-month period which the unit allegedly operated.