Tuesday 2 June, 2020

PCA probes suspicious financial activity by senior cop

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has initiated a two-fold investigation into reports of unusual financial activity by a top-ranking police officer.

This follows investigative reports by the Sunday Express that Acting Police Commissioner Irwin Hackshaw was flagged by three banks for deposits of close to $2 million into more than 15 personal accounts.

The senior officer also holds the position of acting position of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Administration and Operational Support.

According to the Sunday Express, the deposits were made to Hackshaw’s personal accounts over a five year period ending in 2019.

In response to the report, the Police Service confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into one of its executive members by an “external agency” but stopped short of saying whether any internal investigation was underway.

The PCA on Monday revealed that it has independently initiated a two-fold investigation surrounding the reports of unusual financial transactions linked to Hackshaw; as well as the alleged dissemination of “sensitive information” by police officers attached to the Professional Standards Bureau.

The Authority said: “As an independent oversight body, the PCA is committed to ensuring that no Police Officer acts above the Rule of Law and empowering the Citizenry to report incidents of police misconduct and/or criminal activity.”

The probe by the PCA is being carried out in accordance with Section 26 of the PCA Act, Chapter 15:05.

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