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Police Academy Dean Nizam Ali

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service revealed yesterday that the Dean of the Police Academy, Nizam Ali, had died from COVID-19.

Ali was 71.

In a statement, the TTPS said Deputy Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob and the TTPS executive had extended condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dean of Advanced Law Enforcement, Education and Training at the Police Academy.

The statement said Ali died at the San Fernando General Hospital overnight (Friday), where he was being treated after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ali leaves behind his common-law wife Waheeda Sooklal and two children.

The TTPS said Ali was employed in the service in January 2011 as the Administrator, Research and Curriculum Development and held the post for six years, before taking up the position of Dean in 2017.

Provost at the Police Academy, Dr Simon Alexis, said Ali, “ was an excellent and consistent high performer in his posts.”

Alexis noted that “through his vision and dedication to the advancement of the academy, we became a registered institution with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago, making the Police Academy the first of its kind in the Caribbean region.” He said there were no words to convey “this terrible loss of an educator to the TTPS and Trinidad and Tobago.”

The TTPS has been impacted by COVID-19, with over a dozen officers succumbing to the disease for the year.