|Top cop going after top cops |
NALINEE SEELAL Thursday, January 12 2017
IN HIS bold effort to improve efficiency in the TT Police Service, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams is focusing on his executive members, some of whom Williams have deemed to be non-functional, inefficient and worst of all, flagrantly abusing their senior status to give biased appraisal of friends in the service to help in their promotion.
It is understood that Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) are entrusted with the responsibility of giving appraisals for officers seeking promotion to the rank of Senior Superintendents (Snr Supt).
It is the Commissioner’s view that inefficient senior officers are being given the highest grades in appraisals done by ACPs thus facilitating promotion to Snr Supt. Appraisal point system sees an officer graded from point five (the lowest grade) to the highest grade of point one.
Well-placed sources said a Senior Superintendent who on Monday was given a letter by Ag Commissioner Williams advising that he proceed on early retirement, received grade one in his performance appraisal for 2016, undertaken by an ACP. Another senior officer who also got a similar letter from Commissioner Williams on Monday, is yet to receive his 2016 appraisal report. Newsday was told that the Ag CoP is considering writing to the Police Service Commission (PSC) on a very senior officer whom he feels should be ordered to proceed on premature retirement, because of non-performance.
Contacted yesterday on whether he had any knowledge of Ag CoP Williams’ plan to send home ACPs, President of the Police Social Welfare Association (PSWA) Insp Michael Seales said, “my thoughts are simply that the provisions of the Police Service Act provides for the Acting Commissioner to act as he thinks fit and this is a novel situation and a very sensitive one.
There are three Deputy CoPs (DCP); 13 ACPs, 20 Snr Supt and over 30 Superintendents. Newsday understands that 169 officers comprise the Police Service First Division while officers from the rank of Constable up to Inspector, comprise the Police Service’s Second Division. Under existing laws, the PSC can remove a Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.
Meanwhile, an Ag Snr Supt and an Asst Superintendent, the latter being on continuous sick leave for several months, are now in line to be called in by Ag Commissioner Williams and handed compulsory early retirement notices. These letters call on the recipient to within seven days, respond on whether they will proceed on early retirement, or if not, provide the Ag Commissioner with reasons for their refusal to do so. Twenty-one First Division officers are earmarked for early retirement orders from the top cop who is exercising powers given under the Police Service Act.
Ag CoP Williams has been using appraisal reports as well as crime statistics from respective divisions as his yardstick to determine who will be sent on early retirement.
First Division officers are planning on holding an emergency meeting to discuss the Commissioner’s latest moves.