His Excellency, the President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, ORTT, SC, appointed Attorney and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Mr. David West as Director of the Police Complaints Authority on November 7, 2014.
Mr West replaces attorney Ms. Gillian Lucky who resigned in September, to be sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature. Since Ms Lucky’s resignation the Authority has been without a director. However, during that time it was led by Master Ralph Dole who is the Deputy Director of the Authority.
At the time of his appointed, President Carmona commented on the fact that he had sought consensus from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on a suitable candidate to take up the mantle of the Authority and they both agreed that Mr West was that person. Having received that endorsement, the President was also of the opinion the Mr West was indeed the ideal candidate for the position.
His Excellency thanked Mr West for his commitment to service as he recalled him being a junior counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) when the President was the DPP. A very straight to the point person and forthright with his opinion on matters with which he dealt. Mr West is not one to be swayed by personal or public opinion, a trait that has seen become the recipient of awards from the US Department of Justice (Criminal Division), as well as the US Embassy (Port of Spain) for outstanding contribution and support in law enforcement related matters.
Mr. West was published in Commonwealth Caribbean Practice and Procedure, Third and Fourth Editions, by the late Dana Seetahal, SC, as well as The 2002 Commonwealth Secretariat Oxford Conference on the “Changing Face of International Co-operation in Criminal Matters in the 21st Century”. He has also trained Police officers on the importance of using Mutual Legal Assistance Requests to gather evidence from abroad from 2000 – 2004.
President Carmona also expressed his admiration the several members of Mr West’s family were present to witness the ceremony and to support him, as it is testimony to the balance he found to give attention to family, while being an exemplar of industrious attitude accompanied with unquestionable integrity.
Mr West was admitted to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in October 1996, after obtaining his Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. Prior to this, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Law (Honours) from Brunel University, Middlesex England and his Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of London in 1992 and 1994 respectively.
Mr. West’s swearing-in ceremony was also witnessed by Master Ralph Doyle – Deputy Director of the Police Complaints Authority.