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Three shortlisted for CoP position

Published: 
Friday, October 20, 2017
Chairman of Manpower Audit Committee Professor Rammesh Deosaran with the copy of the Police Service Manpower Report before presenting it to Prime Minister Keith Rowley at the Noor Hassanali Room, Parliament Building on Tuesday. PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE

Three potential candidates applying for the position of Commissioner of Police (CoP) have been short listed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) and vigorous interviews are expected to begin soon.

The T&T Guardian was told by sources close to the PSC that over 20 applications were sent in to the commission for the posts of CoP and Deputy CoP since the positions were advertised in the local newspapers from September 4 to 29.

The short listed candidates will now be required to undergo psychometric tests which include tests of cognitive ability and personality tests. According to the PSC, scores from these tests will be combined to provide an overall score for each candidate and form a component of the final candidate score.

Candidates will then be assessed in various capacities to determine suitability and expand on information provided in the job application form. “These assessments may include, but are not limited to, evaluations of core competency factors,” the spokesman said.

Candidates may also be asked to demonstrate - Proficiency in Leadership by demonstrating competencies in executive policing, leading strategic change, leading a workforce and decision making; Proficiency in People Leadership by demonstrating superior skills in working with others, serving the public and managing performance; Proficiency in Technical Skills by demonstrating professional policing skills and operational management and Proficiency in Business Skills by demonstrating business management skills and professionalism.

Step five of the selection process will include panel interviews where short listed candidates will be scheduled for an interview to determine suitability. Step six will enable best-fit candidates to undergo financial and security checks. The last step will be medical screening to ensure that successful candidates are fit to meet the demands of the role.

“Best fit candidates would be required to complete a detailed medical history questionnaire and be examined by a Medical Officer approved by the Police Service Commission,” the PSC said. No one has held the substantive post since 2012, when Stephen Williams was appointed as acting CoP, a position for which he has received 11 six-month extensions since that time.

When contacted yesterday, the PSC did not want to disclose any confirmation on how many applications were specifically received for the posts of CoP and Deputy CoP. The commission also chose not to disclose its status on the selection process.

The PSC members are Maria Gomes (chairman) Martin George, Dinanath Ramkisson and retired Commodore Anthony Franklin.