A report in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper this morning has revealed that the Police Service Commission (PSC) has selected an acting deputy Police Commissioner (Operations), Deodath Dulalchan to be T&T’s new top cop.

The article quotes top sources in National security as saying that the PSC gave the nod to Dulalchan, who applied for either of two posts—Commissioner or Deputy—a post in which he has been acting for almost two years.

Yesterday the PSC revealed that it had submitted its nominations for the positions of Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioners of Police to President Anthony Carmona in accordance with the procedures set out in Section 123 of the Constitution.

It said that the candidates who vied for the open positions underwent a comprehensive, rigorous process to determine their suitability for the roles.
The Guardian quotes a source as saying that acting deputy Police Commissioner Harold Phillip had also been selected to fill that vacancy.

The source said Dulalchan, who has been named Gold Commander for this year’s Carnival, was recommended ahead of several other candidates, among them former national security minister Gary Griffith, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams and president of the Police Social and Welfare Association Inspector Michael Seales, who is currently reading for his Doctorate.

In a media release the PSC said the next step in the process is for the President, in accordance with the Constitution, to issue a notification in respect of the highest graded candidates, which shall be subject to affirmative resolution from the House of Representatives.

The Commission shall appoint the Commissioner of Police or Deputy Commissioners of Police only after the notifications are approved.