Wednesday 25 November, 2020

PCA recommends disciplinary action against ACP Hackshaw

PCA recommends disciplinary action: The Police Complaints Authority indicated that it has completed the investigation into serious police misconduct against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Irwin Hackshaw on August 6, and referred the evidence gathered together with a recommendation for disciplinary proceedings to be instituted, to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

PCA recommends disciplinary action: The Police Complaints Authority indicated that it has completed the investigation into serious police misconduct against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Irwin Hackshaw on August 6, and referred the evidence gathered together with a recommendation for disciplinary proceedings to be instituted, to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Irwin Hackshaw, who has been under probe by the Authority over the acquisition funds amounting to $2 million.

In a statement issued on Friday, the PCA noted that it began an independent investigation on March 9 into reported allegations of unusual financial transactions involving Hackshaw.

The actions, it said, are subject to an investigation into criminal offences, that is nearing completion and serious police misconduct.

The PCA indicated that it has completed the investigation into serious police misconduct on August 6, and referred the evidence gathered together with a recommendation for disciplinary proceedings to be instituted, to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

It said: "Commencement of the recommended disciplinary proceedings is especially urgent as Mr Hackshaw begins official retirement from 9th November, 2020 after which the TTPS will not have the authority to conduct disciplinary hearings."

"The PCA is aware of Regulation 156(4) of the Police Service Regulations 2007 (the PSR) which states that, “the investigating officer shall hold an office higher than that of the officer concerned.” In the instant case, ACP Hackshaw is the most senior officer in the TTPS, except for the CoP. We hope that this issue can be resolved so that the disciplinary procedure can commence."

The PCA added its team of investigators interviewed several witnesses, recorded witness statements and considered documentary evidence.

Hackshaw, it said, was given the opportunity to respond to questions by way of a written statement, or, participate in an interview conducted by PCA investigators with his attorney or any other personal representative present.

"He refused to accept the letter informing him of same," it said.

The PCA said the evidence gathered supports the allegation that Hackshaw accepted paid employment, or, undertook private work without approval, in breach of Regulation 133(b) and in contravention of Regulations 150(1); (2)(a); (c) and (d)(i) of the PSR.

PCA Director David West said: “Given the importance of strengthening community trust and confidence in law enforcement, the PCA calls for immediate action by the TTPS in this matter which concerns one of its senior officers.”

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