Trinidad Express / Covering 600 pages, a brand new report represents findings of the latest effort at putting the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) under experts’ microscope. The report, delivered to Prime Minister Keith Rowley on Tuesday, represented yet another probe dedicated to identifying what ails that critical organisation, and proposing how the ills could be cured. As he delivered the report of his manpower audit committee, Prof Ramesh Deosaran recalled earlier efforts branded in the names of O’Dowd and Mastrofski, to name just two. Governments come and go, but the TTPS survives in a traditional mould apparently defiant to change. As he received this new Deosaran opus, Dr Rowley had no idea of its contents, going to the extent of jokingly speculating about recommendations for ganja decriminalisation. Even without knowing the contents, the Prime Minister appeared ready and willing, even without being constitutionally able, to proceed with giving effect to the studied ideas proposed by the Deosaran team, described by its leader as “powerful recommendations to change the system”. Under current legal arrangements, the process of picking a permanent Commissioner of Police is, so the country hopes, busily underway.   That topmost position in the TTPS “manpower” will likely have been determined, maybe unchangeably, regardless of what the latest Deosaran thinking advises. In the circumstances, Dr Rowley was left to deal with unrelated generalities about “suitability” for police work, reduced to expressing hope about what the unread report in his eager hands might contribute to arrangements for more helpful police working hours. On that particular topic, former CoP Dwayne Gibbs had sought to implement some radical changes. Everyone knows what happened to Dr Gibbs and his modernised approaches to T&T police work and productivity. In the circumstances, all that can be welcomed from Dr Rowley’s positive approach to Prof Deosaran’s unread report is the declared willingness to try something—and hope the Opposition will go along as necessary. And on that point, once it is for the general improvement of the Police Service, which in turn would correct the country’s woeful crime situation, the Opposition should go out of its way to co-operate with the Government in implementing the audit committee’s recommendations. We are already past that stage as every facet of national life is affected by the crime scourge, so much so that some of us are now immune to the daily reports of another murder or murders. At present, nowhere is safe from the tentacles of the criminals, but we all agree that it should be the other way around—the criminals must find no safe refuge and must be hunted down to answer for their actions. Therefore, we eagerly await corrective measures—agreed on by the Government and Opposition—arising out of the work done by Prof Deosaran and the members of the TTPS manpower audit committee. For every day that goes by without the necessary action, another life is lost in vain.


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