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Parliament debates Williams as top cop next Friday

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Parliament meets next week Friday—July 20— to discuss a nomination sent from the Police Service Commission for the post of Commissioner of Police.

Stephen Williams topped the merit list which was compiled by the firm KPMG.

Two weeks ago, the Parliament rejected the nomination of Harold Phillip as Commissioner of Police and referred the issue back to the PSC advising them to use the merit list which continues to be valid for a year.

Phillip and another deputy Deodat Dulalchan were rejected by the Government because they both applied for the job of deputy commissioners and not that of Commissioner of Police.

Williams, who has been acting Commissioner of Police for the past six years, applied for the job of top cop and topped the merit list.

Asked by the T&T Guardian whether he was willing to accept the job if the Parliament accepted the nomination Williams said he had not commented on the issue around the commissioner’s appointment since the process started and he will; not do so now.

Williams told the Guardian that his effective date of resignation is August 8, 2020.

Despite the fact that two of his deputies were interviewed for the post of commissioner and were nominated before him for the position, Williams said he had seen “no obvious dissension among the ranks over the issue of commissioner,” but he declined further comment.

Although the country has been experiencing a severe spate of crime which has seen a spike in murders, Williams said, “Over the past four to five years we have been averaging 12,500 serious crimes in Trinidad and Tobago, compared to an average which was 20,000.”

Williams said he has “weekly meetings with my divisional heads” as they seek to get a handle on the crime problem.

—Rosemarie Sant


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