trinidad-and-tobago-flag_web.jpgPORT-OF-SPAIN — Police officials said the top police commander and his chief deputy resigned.

Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs and Deputy Jack Ewatski are Canadian law enforcers who were recruited two years ago to tackle escalating crime in this Caribbean nation. In a terse statement, the Police Service Commission said their resignations became effective Aug. 7. Minutes after the commission made its announcement, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar gave a televised address saying National Security Minister Jack Warner will soon announce a new strategy to fight crime. Warner has publicly criticized the two Canadian police officials for their law enforcement strategies in recent weeks. Earlier this year, the pair also received negative performance reviews by the Police Service Commission.