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Former city police chief Ewatski reported to have resigned from Trinidad and Tobago police

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Former Winnipeg top cop Jack Ewatski resigned along with his boss from the Trinidad and Tobago police after a squabble with the country’s political leaders over the best way to fight crime, news sources in the Caribbean island reported.

Both resignations were tendered together Monday and  take effect Aug. 7. Each had more than a year to run on three year contracts.

Ewatski, the former chief of the Winnipeg Police Service, took the job of deputy police commissioner for the Trinidad and Tobago Police as one of three deputies who reported to Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, who is also from Canada.

The resignations followed criticism by that country’s minister of national security over the policing system under Gibbs and a news report from one of the country’s papers, The Sunday Guardian, that the pair were about to be fired, if they didn’t quit.

The resignation was made public by the Trinidad Express newspaper, following an announcement by the country’s prime minister Monday night.

The Prime Minister’s statement, as reported by the island’s media suggests Gibbs and Ewatski weren’t tough enough on crime.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was quoted as saying after she announced the resignations that there is an urgency to guarantee the nation’s safety and security.

"No measure will be spared against those who seek to terrorize and brutalise our elderly folk, our women, our children and our men. The national outrage has reached a stage where everyone agrees that stronger and more aggressive initiatives are required," she said.

"We must channel this sense of outrage into an army of resistance involving our law-abiding citizens. The battle lines are clearly drawn, we are confident that good will prevail over evil," she added.

Ewatski stepped down after nearly nine years as police chief in Winnipeg in 2007.

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