Vacancies

The Police Complaints Authority is seeking suitably qualified individuals to fill the positions of

  • Senior Legal Officer
  • Communications Assistant

 

SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER

ROLE PROFILE

Provide strong support to the Head of Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints ensuring the provision of high quality, efficient, effective and confidential legal service as required for the investigation of criminal offences involving police officers, police corruption, serious police misconduct and related matters in accordance with the PCA Act 2006. Ensure effective follow-up/liaison between the PCA and the Director of Public Prosecutions/Police Service Commission/Commissioner of Police/other stakeholders. Ensure PCA’s compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Provide sound counsel/requisite assistance in the execution of the overall functions of the PCA in order to detect/reduce/prevent serious police misconduct and police corruption and related matters. Perform related legal services, duties and relief as required.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Business Results & Internal Operations

  • Appear on behalf of the PCA at the Magistrates’ Court, High Court and Court of Appeal (instructing)
  • Implement approved plans, managing and monitoring the Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints (LCCCU) portfolios
  • Research relevant legal issues providing direction and advice
  • Assist Head of Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints to develop policy for both PCA and legislation governing operations of PCA
  • Assist in the preparation of the strategic plan and annual action plan for the LCCCU
  • Assist in the supervision of the LCCCU as directed by the Head of Legal Counsel, Compliance ad Complaints
  • Provide guidance on the execution of tasks/conduct of investigations within the PCA Act, building rules of engagement for the Investigations Unit.
  • Monitor/follow legal matters closely liaising with the DPP/other agencies
  • Lead in review of investigations monitored by PCA in relation to any criminal offence involving police officers, police corruption/serious police misconduct
  • Ensure proper recording/custody of files, evidence and information
  • Ensure effective Case Management and the review of active case files to determine strategy and action required
  • Oversee the preparation and drafting of all legal and legislative documents
  • Review cold case files at least annually to determine action required
  • Ensure proper closure of investigations
  • Assist Head of Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints in managing resources
  • Provide specialist advice and knowledge
  • Keep track of the latest changes and law regulations
  • Ensure completion of reports and administrative requirements
  • Manage workflows ensuring routine operation runs smoothly/efficiently

Service Networking & Stakeholder Relations

  • Provide courteous, efficient, confidential service taking appropriate action for effective resolution of complaints
  • Represent the PCA at Legislation Review Committee/appointed Committees to the PCA when required
  • Monitor and ensure clear/ well defined memoranda of agreements are documented/ adhered to by co-operating agencies
  • Liaise/work with key stakeholders, building relationships, lending expertise as authorised and appropriate
  • Conduct/participate in case conferences/meetings
  • Adopt a problem solving approach to issues
  • Foster good community and positive public relations
  • Project a favourable and professional image promoting respect for PCA

Risk Control &Management

  • Review standard operating procedures and policies are in compliance with the PCA Act/laws of Trinidad and Tobago and that the chain of evidence is preserved
  • Follow all standard operating procedures
  • Ensure that PCA is compliant with all statutory/regulatory requirements
  • Ensure professional practice standards are maintained
  • Maintains Confidentiality

HR Team Building & Employee Relations

  • Assist Head of Legal Counsel, Compliance and Complaints to manage the performance of the LCCCU
  • Develop teams, actively pursuing training initiatives, transfer of knowledge and best practice to enhance performance
  • Co-operate/work closely with management, investigations and staff
  • Ensure integrated functioning to increase successful outcomes
  • Conduct and evaluate performance reviews as required
  • Conduct and record meetings, briefings and training
  • Manage and implement organisational change
  • Set an excellent example

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of a First Degree in Law (LLB)/Legal Education Certificate
  • Admission to practice as an Attorney-At-Law in the T&T jurisdiction
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience as an Advocate at the Magistrates’ Court and High Court with exposure to trial preparation at the Court of Appeal in an instructing capacity
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Police Complaints Authority Act 2006, the Police Service Act and Regulations, Domestic Violence Act, the legal framework and scope of operation under which PCA will operate and the implications of key legal issues on proposed operations and functions
  • Thorough knowledge of criminal law and of relevant legislature governing Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sound knowledge of the operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Undoubted integrity, confidentiality and proven strong initiative
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and manage people
  • Strong negotiation, researching and networking capability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, strong writing skills) with demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement and tact
  • Persistent, logical, focused and results oriented
  • Mentally alert, detailed, organised, thorough and accurate
  • Flexible team player able to work long hours
  • Able to maintain professional composure under stressful situations
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to identify/assess trends and changes in the global environment and to manage and influence change
  • Computer Literate with proficiency in Microsoft Suite

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

ROLE PROFILE

The Communications Assistant reports to the Communications Coordinator and assists with administration and implementation of the corporate communications strategy of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in the development and communication of informational programmes, public relations campaigns and community relations activities to create and maintain favourable public and stakeholder perceptions of the company’s agenda and accomplishments
  • Assist in the development and circulation of press releases to internal and external publics in a timely manner to gain maximum benefit and impact
  • Assist in the maintenance of the website, Facebook and other social media channels for content, relevance and accuracy
  • Assist in the planning of formal press reception and interviews
  • Provide editorial input to publications such as the Annual Report
  • Assist and coordinate the production of promotional material
  • Review print and electronic media and carefully select newsworthy items and distribute to the Authority
  • Maintains a library (hard and soft copy) of information on all company strategic plans and activity, historical data, organizational structure, achievements, planned activities etc captured on all media for easy recall, reference and measurement of sustained growth
  • Assists in the conduct of external climate surveys on the organization as perceived by all stakeholders, analyzing the results and developing action plans to improve the perception
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures to guide and manage all corporate communications functions and takes appropriate action to ensure compliance
  • Establish and maintain effective communication channels with stakeholders to obtain feedback on activities of the Authority
  • Complies fully with the PCA’s policies and procedures, and adheres to the Core Values by daily demonstration of associated behaviour

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Associate Degree from an accredited institution in Communications, Public Relations or related Social Science
  • Two (2) years experience in a similar environment
  • Any other relevant combination of education, experience and training would be considered

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of techniques in the field of Mass Communication and Public Relations
  • Knowledge of modern methods of news gathering and dissemination and role of the media
  • Advanced Computer Literacy
  • Able to establish effective communication links with stakeholders
  • Able to work flexible hours
  • Able to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications, with detailed Curriculum Vitae should be addressed to:
Human Resource Coordinator
Police Complaints Authority
Level  24, Tower D
International Waterfront Complex
Wrightson Road, Port of Spain

OR
Applications may be submitted to the email address:  Hr@pca.org.tt

Deadline Date for Receipt of Applications:  October 20th 2017.

The PCA thanks of applicants for their interest and advise that only suitably qualified candidates will be contacted.