Police human resources director defends process used in contractual dismissals



FILE PHOTO: Sackville Street Police Administration Building, Port of Spain –

THE mother of a lawyer hired by police under former Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, but not fired in cost-cutting exercise, says there is no nepotism involved .

Speaking to Newsday on Monday, Angela Ramlagan, the police department’s director of human resources, said her daughter, Marissa, was hired through a flawless process.

Newsday learned on Sunday that young Ramlagan had been hired earlier this year and was assigned to the Gender-Based Violence Unit. Sources asked why she was not fired, along with 19 other contract workers, last week.

Angela Ramlagan explained: “We have 40 people in the legal unit and none of the agents in the legal unit have been dismissed. at work and their salary is standardized by the personnel manager (CPO). “

She added, “Just to clarify, my daughter – it’s not that I’m protecting her or anything like that. She was interviewed and everything, she went through the process, and I wasn’t on the panel.

Ramlagan was part of the three-member team that oversaw the layoff of contract workers last Monday. The other two members of the firing squad were DCP McDonald Jacob and CAP Joanne Archie.

Jacob last week defended his daughter’s position in the police service, saying she had worked there for a decade.

“My daughter is a human resources specialist. She holds a master’s degree in human resources and has worked with TTPS for ten years. Me and my family are patriots and we have served and are serving this country, ”he reportedly said in response to claims his daughter had been hired by Griffith.

Ramlagan said the decision to fire contract workers came after a review of the job and those fired were earning more than a certain amount.

“I think it has to do with transparency and accountability.

“I also see that they were attacking Mr. Jacob’s daughter. But she came in as an intern and she was interviewed and she is well qualified. What they are trying to project is disinformation.”

She added that those fired had been hired by Griffith and had not been interviewed, unlike her and Jacob’s daughter.

Among the licensees were Francis Joseph, responsible for corporate communications; Gordon Barrett, Manager of the Social Work Unit; Sheldon Edghill, Head of Executive Management Services; Griffith’s strategic advisor Dwight Andrews; Andrews’ wife, Salisha Gomes-Andrews, responsible for the planning, research and implementation of the project; media consultant Adrian Don Mora; and director of astroturf, Jameel Beharry.

Newsday has learned that the layoffs were part of an ongoing police department audit in which hiring since 2014 is under review. Sources said the audit was not yet complete and could not say whether the 19 people whose contracts were terminated or not renewed will be the final tally.

While police have yet to say how much they expect to save in the cost-cutting exercise, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said under Griffith, spending on contracted services has increased by more than $ 30 million. dollars in three years.

In a press release last week, Imbert said that from 2018 to the present, spending on contract work has increased from $ 54.1 million in 2018 to $ 88.8 million in 2021.

Imbert then said: “The expenditure for contract employment in the TTPS in 2016 was $ 61.6 million, compared to $ 67.2 million in 2015. In fact, the expenditure on this item has shown a tendency to increase. the decrease from 2015 to 2018, from $ 67.2 million to $ 54.1 million.

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