Police Service Administration Building in Port-of-Spain.

While the Opposition Leader has expressed concern about the functioning of the Police Service because of the absence of a substantive Police Commissioner and firing of scores of civilian contractors, the Police Service itself is saying that it is soldiering on, despite some of the controversy swirling around it.

An official statement released by the Police Service late last night said: “At this time, the TTPS asserts, that all operations and services continue unabated.”

In the release, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence and Investigations, Mc Donald Jacob, is quoted as saying:

“As is customary with most organisations, staffing arrangements may come under review, and where necessary, new persons may be hired to fill vacancies.”

The Police Service also has given assurances that everything is being done to ensure business as usual.

“The TTPS, through its Executive, says units that are affected by the loss of one staff member or the other, will function with all available resources, inclusive of the personnel currently attached to serve all citizens,” the release said, adding, “The TTPS reiterates its commitment to its mandate to make every place in Trinidad and Tobago safe.”

On Monday, 15 contracted workers who were all hired by former Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, were given termination letters by Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob.

DCP Jacob explained that the workers’ termination is part of a wider cost cutting exercise, which will ensure savings worth millions to the Police Service.

Meanwhile, Police Social Welfare Association president, ASP Gideon Dickson, has called for a speedy resolution to the Police Commissioner appointment issue, saying the continued absence of a substantive or even acting Commission is putting lives at risk.

Mr Dickson said it is the Commissioner’s role and function to ensure the management of the Police Service, in accordance with the Constitution.

He noted, however, that police officers remained committed to their duty, and have been functioning admirably, notwithstanding the controversy.