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Acting CoP to new inspectors: Don’t drop your guard

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Michael Seales, left, general secretary Police Second Division Association, receives his letter of promotion to inspector from acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams during yesterday's ceremony at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS

In the wake of a potential public relations nightmare over the reported refusal of a senior officer to switch of his cellphone on an aircraft, acting Commissioner of Police (CoP), Stephen Williams, warned newly-promoted inspectors not to drop their guard.

He made no reference to the incident involving Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Tobago, Peter Reyes, last week, while speaking to some 38 newly-promoted inspectors. The function was held at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

He added: “We have to continue to operate as true professionals every single day. You cannot drop your guard. “(If you) drop your guard, you will be out there in the public glare. We need to understand that and stay focused and stay true to our oath of office.” 

Williams told the inspectors they had a crucial mandate to manage the operations of police stations across the country. “We have embarked on a selection of high quality officers set at the right time for us to take off for 2015,” Williams said. He noted that each of the new inspectors had a crucial role to play in the TTPS.

“It (inspector) is an extremely important rank to the Police Service and you need to identify with the importance and significance of that rank of inspector. The organisation depends on that rank of inspector to move it forward,” Williams said.

He said the new year “is the turning point for the Police Service. We have been trying hard to make a difference. “From a policing perspective, we have been very successful in making that difference with the exception of making that big difference in homicide (murder). The organisation needs to take that challenge up, regardless of other issues.”

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