TTPS's Vidal Jonathan Maharaj, was called to the bar of Trinidad and Tobago on June 25, 2021

Vidal Jonathan Maharaj is officially an attorney-at-law, an accomplishment the 32-year-old police officer is particularly proud of, given the many sacrifices and challenges he faced to get there.

Admitted to the bar of Trinidad and Tobago on June 25, Maharaj said he now intends to use his newly-attained profession to add value to the Trinidad and Tobago Police (TTPS).

Still basking in the glory of this accomplishment, Maharaj who is attached to the Northern Division Task Force Area Central, told Guardian Media, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a planned career path for him, but after spending ten years in the police service, he has received an appetite and desire for the discipline.

“Whilst executing my duties as a police officer, I would have developed a lot of inter-personal skills dealing with members of the public and when doing investigations and it sparked an interest and heightened awareness in law enforcement and I wanted to learn more about the laws of Trinidad and Tobago,” the newly-minted lawyer explained.

This endeavour he said was encouraged by his inspector who is an advocate for the advancement of education. But following this road would not be easy.

Maharaj said but once he was resolute in his decision to start the new chapter in his life, he also had to make up his mind to sacrifice time with his precious family, trying to balance work, studying, and the demands of policing.

In an upbeat and triumphant tone, he said: “It was difficult to contribute 100 per cent towards policing and trying to contribute the same to my studies and family, but I was able to do it through a lot of sacrifices and I am living proof it can be done.”

Maharaj attended the Academy of Tertiary Studies (ATS) in Curepe, where he was able to attain an LLB with honours from the University of London, an affiliate university of ATS. He subsequently did a post-graduate diploma in 2019 at the University of Staffordshire where he again outdid himself having secured an LPC (legal practise course) with distinction.

He encourages any young member of the TTPS to continue educating themselves to promote growth in both their personal and professional lives.