Homicide squads set to merge

Well its seems like the powers that be have listened and are making wise choices (assuming this is true of course)…..

By Akile Simon

Story Created: Jan 12, 2011 at 12:50 AM ECT

Story Updated: Jan 12, 2011 at 12:50 AM ECT

IN an attempt to bolster the resources at the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) to allow the unit to effectively tackle homicides, the Government intends to merge the HBI and the Homicide Investigations Task Force (HITF) of the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT).

The merger is one of the recommendations made by the Steering Committee appointed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and National Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy, to find ways to downsize SAUTT. The committee is chaired by Deputy Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.

The Express was reliably informed by a source close to the committee that Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs requested a merger of both units, noting that they were doing the same job. Attempts to contact Gibbs, Williams and Sandy for comment last evening proved futile, as calls to their cell phones went unanswered.

However, when contacted last evening, head of the HBI, Snr Supt Wayne Dick, said he has only heard rumours about such a merger, but welcomed whatever resources could be injected into the HBI.

Dick said: “I have not been told anything about that. I have heard it from three sources. I have heard it from other police officers suggesting that it may be so.”

He added, “If ever there is any consideration by the powers that be to improve the resources of Homicide Bureau of Investigation, we at the Homicide Bureau of Investigations will welcome that and appreciate it.”

SAUTT and the HBI have been at logger-heads in the past over who had jurisdiction of homicides and crime scenes.

The new homicide investigations unit will be under the control of the Police Service, headed by the Assistant Commissioner and Senior Superintendent in charge of the HBI.

Special Reserve Police officers presently employed with SAUTT will be absorbed into the regular ranks within the service, and the present huge pay packets they receive will be equivalent to their colleagues, according to their rank.

Original Article [Trinidad Express]

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