The trinidad Guardian / Former calypsonian Wayne “Watchman” Hayde, one of the men currently in contention for the position of police commissioner, says T&T needs a strong and fearless leader.
Hayde made the statement to reporters after visiting the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain yesterday, hours after returning to Trinidad from the United States.
Hayde, who is scheduled for an interview with the Police Service Commission later this week, spent the duration of the visit reconnecting with former colleagues he had not seen since taking up a post with the United Nations in 1998.
“I have been abroad working with the United Nations in a number of countries for a long time and I have been paying attention to what is happening at home,” Hayde said, adding he felt he was qualified for the post from his years of experience in law enforcement and because of his strong work ethic.
“What I can say about myself and my motivation is that I am what I have always been – hard working, reliable and honest. If I am going to get a job, I ‘m going to do it 100 per cent all the time. I am going to do it in a fair manner but I will do it fearlessly.”
Asked what motivated him to apply for the post, Hayde said he felt it was time for him to give back his country.
“If we have resources and abilities to offer I think we should offer it and this is what I am doing. I am a police officer, this is the only job I had in this country,” Hayde said.
However, he declined to comment on issues within the T&T Police Service and his plans to improve the organisation’s crime fighting and prevention initiatives should he be given the job.
Since the commission issued advertisements for the posts of commissioner and deputy commissioners in September, it has received over 20 applications. Hayde is one of 15 candidate’s short-listed by the commission for the posts.
The T&T Guardian understands acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams and several serving senior officers have also applied for the top post, as well as former national security minister Gary Griffith.
The short-listed candidates have already undergone psychometric tests, which include tests of cognitive ability and personality tests. They will now be interviewed by a panel and undergo other evaluations before a merit list is compiled. The commission is hoping to complete the process by the end of the year.
The last time the commission appointed a police commissioner was in 2010 when Canadians Dwayne Gibbs and Jack Ewatski were given the posts. They resigned in July 2012 with one year left on their contracts. Gibbs was replaced by Williams, who has since received seven six month extensions.
Hayde, also known by his calypso sobriquet Watchman, entered the Police Service on May 1975.
Between 1998 and 2007 he was given approved leave to work with the UN and has severed on several of its peacekeeping missions in Africa and Asia. He resigned as a corporal in 2007 to continue his work with the UN.
Hayde, who never attended secondary school, is a lawyer with two bachelor degrees (BA and LLB), two Masters (MSC and MCL) and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).