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Seales: Time to settle CoP post

Published: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
105 officers acting in senior ranks
President of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association Michael Seales

There are 105 police officers acting in the senior ranks and President of the Police Social and Welfare Association Inspector Michael Seales says as a result “performance is severely affected,” and morale in the Police Service is very low.

Speaking yesterday, Seales said police officers have been “severely traumatised with all the goings on in relation to the selection of a Commissioner.”

He said the time had come for a decision because once the issue is settled “we can move on,” and be in a position to “measure the person who is selected.”

The appointment of a Commissioner, Seales said, will serve to inspire officers and also to start the process towards regaining public trust.

Currently, he said, there is a question of “the willpower to get things done.” He said there is an almost “nonchalant” attitude by some officers, “they putting in face time rather than the quality of service the public deserves.”

Seales said the reality is that it is not just Stephen Williams who is acting, “you have an acting Commissioner, but it is not just him. There are 105 persons acting in the senior rank.”

As a result, he said, “performance is severely affected. That acting is an impediment to better performance by the individual, we have to be real about it.”

Seales, who himself applied for the job of Commissioner of Police said, “It is time to take affirmative action so that we can restore morale to the Police Service.”

Among those acting in positions in the Police Service are acting Deputy Commissioner Deodat Dulalchan and acting Deputy Commissioner Harold Phillip.

The Police Service Commission had nominated Dulalchan for the post of Commissioner of Police and Phillip for the substantive post of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

But following a debate in the Parliament on the report of a Special Select Committee which reviewed the process used for the selection of the nominees, the Parliament referred the matter back to the PSC, deeming the process used as “fatally flawed.” The PSC was asked by the Parliament to rescind the nominations which it sent to the President.

Minister in the Office of the Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds who chaired the Committee, told a public meeting in Barataria “this is a national failure we need a Commissioner of Police.”

One of the candidates for the position of Commissioner, former National Security Minister Gary Griffith said what the Government did was “in line,” with the pre-action protocol letter which he sent to the Commission last week, “asking the PSC to retract what was submitted to the President because the process was flawed, because they breached legal notices.”

Griffith has claimed that he topped the KPMG merit list based on the assessments done by KPMG. He said in that assessment he scored the highest with over 81 points.

Yesterday officials of the PSC declined to say whether the Commission had complied with the request from the Parliament to rescind the list sent to the President. But Guardian Media was told the Commission plans to meet “soon” on the issue.

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