TV6 News reported tonight that former New York Commissioner of Police Bernard Kerik has arrived in Trinidad. He has accepted invitation of Austin Jack Warner, Deputy Political Leader of the United National Congress to come to Trinidad & Tobago for anti-crime talks and consultation given the Government's apparent inability to deal with the crime problem.
While Kerik has an extensive resume in law enforcement, including having served as Commissioner of New York City Department of Correction from 1998 to 2000 and as NYPD Commissioner from 2000 to 2001, he also appears to have quite the chequered past, if New York Times and other Internet sources are to be considered.
Kerik is also to be remembered as the gentleman who withdrew his initial acceptance of US President's George W. Bush's nomination for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, citing his previous employment of an illegal immigrant.
Subsequent press scrutiny revealed that there may have been further issues blocking Kerik's confirmation to the position, including:
- questions regarding Kerik's sale of stock in Taser International shortly before the release of an Amnesty International report critical of the company's stun-gun product;
- a sexual harassment lawsuit;
- allegations of misuse of police personnel and property for personal benefit;
- connections with a construction company suspected of having ties to organized crime; and
- failure to comply with ethics rules on gifts.
More on Kerik is available at the following sites:
- Wikipedia Entry on Bernard Kerik (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Kerik)
- Why Did Bernard Kerik Really Bow Out? by Mark Hosenball, Newsweek, Dec. 11, 2004 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6697161/site/newsweek/)
- Disgraced and Penalized, Kerik Finds His Name Stripped Off Jail by Sewell Chan, New York Times, Jul. 3, 2006 [Free Registration Required] (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/03/nyregion/03kerik.html)
- Contractors With Kerik Ties Are Indicted on Perjury Charges by Alan Feuer, New York Times, Jul. 20, 2006 [Free Registration Required] (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/20/nyregion/20kerik.html)