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T&T: Cabinet gives CoP Erla another year

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by Kay-Marie Fletcher & Anna-Lisa Paul (Trinidad Guardian) Commissioner of Police Erla Harewood-Christopher has been given a one-year extension by the Cabinet but not all stakeholders are happy with the decision.

The announcement was made in a media release yesterday, hours after Attorney General Reginald Armour had told Parliament that a decision on the CoP’s fate would come by today.

Wasting no time to weigh in on the matter, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar expressed disappointment at the decision at the latest installation of the party’s anti-crime talks in Morvant.

“Before I came here, we are sitting in the Parliament and I got a piece of news and that news doesn’t give me any assurance that within the next year, things will get any better with the crime in Trinidad and Tobago,” Persad-Bissessar told the gathering.

“You know what that news was? The Government has now extended the contract of the present Commissioner of Police.”

As boos and jeers filled the air, Persad-Bissessar underscored, “Now I have no pain or no trouble with that Commissioner of Police. In fact, we voted for her when the matter came to Parliament last time, we voted, we said give her a chance and we have given her a chance. But it is with a heavy heart that I report this tonight because I am even more worried what will be happening during the course of this year.”

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