Monday 26 October, 2020

Griffith on Hackshaw matter: I'll do all in my power

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith assured that he will do all in his power regarding an internal investigation concerning ACP Irwin Hackshaw.  

In a statement issued Wednesday (August 26), Griffith said a warning notice was served to Hackshaw, who has been under probe by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) over the acquisition of funds amounting to $2 million.

Griffith said this is the first step in the disciplinary process as outlined in the Police Service Regulations given the allegations made against him.

However Griffith said there will be 'complicated issues' as ACP Hackshaw is the most senior police officer and there are no substantive Deputy Commissioners to sit on a tribunal in judgment of Hackshaw.

The statement said Griffith 'is doing all and will continue to do all in his power to have this matter dealt with. However, the TTPS anticipates that the complicated issues involving this matter will arise when an attempt is made to appoint a tribunal'.

Griffith said: 'The issue at hand here is in many ways beyond my control as this precise scenario was never anticipated in the regulations. I will however, move the process along as far as I can with the expectation that a resolution will be found.'

Griffith said it is hope that by the time the matter may require the convening of a tribunal that the substantive DCPs would have been selected.

The statement said notwithstanding the fact that this the matter is an internal one, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has chosen to communicate this update to the public in the interest of transparency even though it is not the practice to ventilate internal disciplinary matters in public. 

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