……as it is damn hard to discredit Gary who, in one year, is transforming the image of the TTPS
A vicious plot to close the door on the highly popular CoP Gary Griffith is reportedly being executed by two members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) who continue to display an open tabanca for DCP Deodath Dulalchan and former Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.
Our investigations have revealed that the two PSC members are out to get Gary at all cost, even as his approval rating is soaring sky high.
Sunshine Today has discovered that over a year after the deliberate plot by a few PSC members to undermine the recruiting process for the selection of the Police Commissioner, it seems that the two remaining PSC members from that motley PSC crew, continue to have a tabanca that Dulalchan and Stephen Williams were rejected, and have made it their ultimate goal to try to undermine the present CoP at every turn.
Reports have been circling from every corner in both the TTPS and the PSC as well as several other quarters that the actions and decisions being taken by the PSC today are seen as nothing more than a witch hunt to go after the individual who acquired more points by a landslide than anyone who had applied for the CoP post. This was verified by KPMG and even after the previous PSC bullied themselves into the process.
Several senior police officers and civilian staff at the TTPS have stated that “the actions by the present PSC seem to show a pattern of them not learning a damn thing from the past actions of the previous PSC, whereby they tried their best to alter the points and results by KPMG to squeeze in their personal choice in Dulalchan. Even after the Dulalchan back door attempt failed and Griffith still had more points than Stephen Williams, the PSC submitted Stephen Williams who never had more points than Griffith – all of which were rejected by the Rowley government”. “Will the PSC ever learn?” they asked
Correspondence submitted by the PSC to the TTPS, that filtered to various units, has alarmed many, as the TTPS sees it as blatant witch hunting interference and a desperate attempt to undermine Griffith. Two very senior police officers have stated the PSC, on the advice of the two geezers, is digging deep into police matters that have absolutely nothing to do with the role and functions of the PSC.
“They cannot question Griffith’s ability, nor what he has achieved by transforming the image and productivity of the TTPS in just one year. Likewise, every single poll done shows Griffith’s massive nationwide support and approval rating, so it has hurt them in their plot to sabotage him. So what they have been doing is digging into every matter of the TTPS from – Transfers, Acting appointments, all memos, training records, customer service, nominal rolls, personal files, general files, courses, leave retirements and everything else under the sun that is not their damn business”, stated the two senior police officers who have asked to remain anonymous.
Sunshine Today asked several previous PSC members, inclusive of previous Chairmen, about the present situation. They have expressed utter shock at this obvious move aimed at trying to nitpick and find anything possible with which to discredit Griffith. They all stated that such irresponsible action is outside the role and function of the PSC and it is obvious that there is a clandestine motive, which falls hand in hand with the actions of the previous PSC, of which two members are still in the present PSC – being Martin George and Commodore Anthony Franklin.
They are doing their best to undermine Griffith
Our enquiries have revealed that both gentlemen have a few months remaining in office, so they are doing their best to undermine Griffith before they reluctantly go off into the sunset.
Several employees in the PSC were also interviewed by us and they informed us that what is happening to Griffith now is simply spiteful and hypocritical. They advised that the same PSC, that approved the extension of the appointment of Stephen Williams over and over several times, not once ever asked him for anything, never demanded any crime stats reduction which escalated every six months when Williams was happily renewed by Martin George and Franklin. But now they are demanding a 25% reduction in every crime and a host of other demands on Griffith. “These old geezers cannot leave soon enough, as their actions would yet again embarrass the PSC”, said one of the angry PSC employees.
The employees admitted that the Chairman and the two new members are very professional and impartial but it is obvious that two members of the former PSC who are still on the Commission, Martin George and Commodore Anthony Franklin, are still working on an agenda and are giving the remaining PSC members a bad name.
The employees say that Martin George is the ring leader and they referred us to George’s Facebook page of where he has been posting adverse articles and comments against the TTPS – one such example is a veiled criticism against extra-judicial killings (see the WhatsApp post above) The two very senior police officers also referred to the most recent incident where a female Police Officer who made negative comments publicly against the CoP is not facing disciplinary charges for her actions. Notwithstanding that, a PSC member saw it fit to post this Officer’s report on his page.
All Hell will break loose soon
The senior police officers told this newspaper that while they were only a few months in office, the PSC had the temerity to have a clerk write directly to the TTPS, demanding an explanation as to why an employee did not have his contract renewed. In another instance a rude letter was sent to the CoP by the PSC voicing their concern that the most senior female police officer, Ms Blake-Clarke represented the Police Service at the world’s premier conference held in alaska in the US for Women Police Officers though approval had been granted by the Minister of National Security and the CoP. The PSC saw this as “wasting taxpayers’ money” but the same PSC never showed one iota of concern when the Police overtime bill was over $200m a year and which bill today has been substantially reduced under Griffith. The clueless PSC did not even take the time to read the document to know that Blake-Clarke’s attendance at the conference was fully paid for by the US.
The PSC of today seems to be a law unto themselves and seem bent on making the work of the Commissioner very difficult and PSC employees are fed up of these two members embarrassing the PSC and, at the same time, bullying and railroading the Chairman Bliss Seepersad into their plots. There seems to be daily controversies to make the PSC Chairman, the CoP and even the Minister of National Security look bad. And our information is that if the government does not step in soon all Hell will break loose. One thing is certain and that is that a line has been drawn between the PSC and the TTPS.
Efforts to contact the Commissioner of Police, the Chairman of the PSC and members Martin George and Commodore Anthony Franklin all proved futile up to press time. A call to Minister Stuart Young’s office advised that he was in Parliament for the budget debate and that on his return he will call. Up to press time he did not.