The membership of the T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA) has a new president and a new executive body after nine years. However, they are expecting a recount of the ballot.
Should the final verdict be a win then the new executive will "hit the ground running" and hold a meeting with the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to address the issues and give suggestions and recommendations.
On Monday, the association held its elections, the largest turnout ever in history according to the executive of the winning party, the Police Representing Interests of Members' Equity (PRIME), which is led by Inspector Gideon Dickson.
Dickson secured 784 votes, edging the Police Empowerment Party's (PEP) Inspector Sean Clarke who got 778. The PEP was led by Inspectors Seales and Anand Ramesar.
However, in an immediate response former president Michael Seales last evening confirmed that persons who contested will be challenging the results for the posts of President and Treasurer.
He also added that there is supposed to be a by-election for the tied position of Assistant Secretary.
Speaking with the Guardian Media on Tuesday, Dickson said they are prepared to treat with the issue should a no all clear of them winning be given, "it is all part of the process."
Dickson said once his presidency is finalised he will be seeking to be independent and fully represent the officers. He said for the last 18 to 24 months the association went silent with issues affecting officers.
He also gave the assurance that the new executive will seek to bring back that level of transparency and accountability which he said has been lacking for "quite a while."
"We want to reignite that passion and drive to want to become a member of the association because we believe that true consistent and best quality representation we are going to win the next generation of police officers and the organisation will live long," Dickson said.
With respect to training and sensitization of social issues including handling of domestic violence cases Dickson assured that training will be a "go," "Any training will be welcomed because we have a mandate to protect and serve and it isn't only about crime. It is giving a service to the psychosocial aspects. In terms of what we can deliver might be limited however we should be trained sufficiently enough to empathize with persons and give best advice and also to identify issues sufficiently enough to get the right intervention so that they can get back to a level of normalcy," Dickson said.
Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant