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Williams happy with Police Inspectorate

By Nalinee Seelal Tuesday, October 6 2015

ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday welcomed a decision by government to introduce an Inspectorate for the Police Service stating it would assist in bringing about more accountability and transparency in the Service. According to Williams, this decision — announced in the National Budget —was long overdue. He said the Service needs an Inspectorate and he believes that it will lead to a greater trust by the public in the men and women who Protect and Serve.

He added that in several foreign countries such as the United Kingdom, an Inspectorate performs that duty which redounds to the benefit of all police officers in that country. Finance Minister Colm Imbert said yesterday the Inspectorate will deliver a yearly report to Parliament so that the public will get clearer information on the Police Service which may answer several questions which may be on their minds.

Under the current system the Police Service Commission (PSC) has oversight of the TT Police Service. Additionally, Williams said that it was a wise decision by the Government to announce that a new system will be put in place for the appointment of a Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioners. He said he has been acting in the position of Commissioner for the past three years and welcomed any move to change the system.

He noted that even the Police Service Commission had complained about not being able to assist in the appointment of a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners because of the system which exists.

On the issue of the National Security Ministry getting the largest allocation in yesterday’s budget ($10 billion), Williams said the announcement is good “but I will have to wait and see what is given to the TT Police Service. Whatever resources are made available to the Service we will continue to work with it for the benefit of all citizens and the men and women in the Service.”

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