Police Service Administration Building in Port of Spain.
RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

As the Office of the President is yet to receive any correspondence from the Police Service Commission (PSC) about its nominee for the country’s next Commissioner of Police (CoP), the PSC has made it clear that Gary Griffith remains the acting CoP.

On Thursday, it was confirmed to the Guardian Media by an official at The Office of the President that no nominee has been sent yet to President Paula-Mae Weekes.

Meanwhile, in a media release issued on Friday afternoon, the PSC advised the public that, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and in accordance with Clause 4 of Legal Notice 183 of 2021, the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection process) Order 2021:

“Mr. Gary Griffith has been appointed to act as Commissioner of Police until the completion of the selection process for the office of Commissioner of Police as prescribed in Clause 3 of Legal Notice 183 of 2021.”

When contacted yesterday for comment as to where the PSC is at in its selection process and how soon a nominee will be sent to the President, the PSC did not respond.

Since the announcement of the application process opened to applicants in July the PSC has been declining to answer questions from the media despite the many calls for transparency, including from former PSC Chairman Professor Ramesh Deosaran and former PSC member Attorney Martin George.