Gary Griffith Free To Reapply for T&T’s Top Cop Job

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It’s official. The order of merit list for Police Commissioner produced by the collapsed Bliss Seepersad-led Police Service Commission (PolSC) has been scrapped. This means the new PolSC, headed by retired Appeal Court judge Judith Jones, will begin a fresh hunt for a top cop. The commission said yesterday that former police commissioner Gary Griffith is free to reapply for the job.

In an immediate response, former police commissioner Gary Griffith asked were he to apply again for the post, would the Government take action to block his return? He also accused Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of changing the laws to get rid of him.

Griffith had topped the now-scrapped merit list.

Controversy surrounding the appointment of a Police Commissioner was centred on a merit list which the former PolSC produced, but it never reached the Parliament in accordance to law.

That merit list was the crux of the collapse of the Seepersad-led PolSC.

While a new process will begin to appoint a Police Com­­­missioner, questions still remain as to why the pre­vious merit list submitted to the President was then withdrawn, and who was the Government official who provided Seepersad with information to prompt this action.

The new PolSC was appoin­ted on November 16, 2021, and compri­ses Jones (chairman), Rajiv Persad, Max­ine King and Ian Ramdhanie.

In a news release yesterday, the PolSC said it had considered the status of the outcome of the 2021 selection process for the office of Commissioner of Police in making a decision.

It noted the list of names which was compiled as a result of the selection process was submitted to President Paula-Mae Weekes on August 11, 2021, and immediately withdrawn.

“The commission considered all the facts in the matter and legal advice received and decided that no further action will be taken with respect to the 2021 selection process for the office of Commissioner of Police,” said the release.

NEW HUNT FOR TOP COP  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers


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