Monday 28 September, 2020

CoP suspends ACP Hackshaw following PCA recommendations

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Irwin Hackshaw, has been suspended with immediate effect.

In a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said that Commissioner of Police (CoP), Gary Griffith made the order in light of the recent recommendations of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) that were received yesterday.

This decision followed a meeting on September 15, 2020 between Director of the PCA, David West, and the Commissioner of Police.

This followed a meeting on September 15, 2020 between Director of the PCA, David West, and the CoP.

The CoP said that the TTPS received these recent and latest findings and recommendations from the PCA, dated September 15, 2020, into a report pertaining to ACP Hackshaw.

The PCA launched an investigation into allegations of unusual financial transcations involving ACP Hackshaw earlier this year.  

Griffith stated that the TTPS is having consultations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and is awaiting further advice. He said an investigator will be appointed.

The CoP pointed out that now that the PCA’s investigations are complete, he is in a position to act.

Weeks ago, Commissioner Griffith said he was not prepared to bow to internal and external pressure, based on newspaper articles, to take action on ACP Hackshaw as the investigations were incomplete.

He said prior to this, there were no recommendations made by either the PCA or the TTPS with regard to any criminal offence.

He said what he received in August was a recommendation for disciplinary action based on an initial report.

Now that a recommendation that a criminal offence may have been committed based on an investigation, the CoP said he was now in a position to suspend ACP Hackshaw.

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