Persad-Bissessar said the move by her Government to amend the PSC Act, which has been temporarily shelved, was aimed at expanding the pool of police officers who would be eligible for the top position in the police service.
She said the Government’s intention was not to hand-pick anyone for the post.
Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Christmas toy drive in Cedros, Persad-Bissessar said, “That cannot be because the Government does not appoint a Commissioner of Police, it is the Police Service Commission. I do believe the AG issued a release today but there are about 6,500 police officers and the procedure to select a commissioner narrows down to three officers and the note is brought to Cabinet.”
She said the amendment would have encouraged officers to be motivated to reach the top spot.
Persad-Bissessar was responding to reports that a Government minister volunteered the name of then acting Supt Johnny Abraham to lead the service, should the amendment materialise.
The amendment would have seen the selection process for an acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) being widened to include officers at the rank of superintendent and senior superintendent for consideration to the substantive acting CoP post.
Abraham, a former homicide detective, received his promotion letter to the rank of superintendent last Thursday.
Persad-Bissessar said the Government’s move was not supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Police and Social Welfare Association and the matter was shelved.
She said acting CoP Stephen Williams was doing a good job as serious crime was reduced.
“Commissioner Williams is doing the best that he can in all of the circumstances and if people are not happy…if people are not happy with the job I am doing, I will have to walk too or they will kick me out,” she said.
Asked her response to claims that a former government minister had plotted to kill DJ Kevaughn “Lurbz” Savory, Persad-Bissessar said, “I would be concerned if any minister or former minister would be involved in any nefarious activity and any criminal activity. I am not concerned until I see evidence, but I do share on one level concern for anyone who would be involved in any criminal activity.”