Gary Griffith

Flashback, June 8: Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, left, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Detective Training Programme at the Police Training Academy, St James.

—Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

In light of the recent recommendations of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) received yesterday, Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has ordered that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Irvin Hackshaw, be suspended with immediate effect. This followed a meeting on Tuesday between Director of the PCA, David West, and the Commissioner of Police.

The CoP said that the TTPS received these recent and latest findings and recommendations from the PCA, dated Tuesday, into a report pertaining to ACP Hackshaw. He stated that the TTPS is having consultations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and is awaiting further advice. 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.

The statement by Griffith came short after the PCA issued a statement, disclosing that it had completed its preliminary investigation into the allegations of unusual financial transactions involving ACP Irwin Hackshaw on September 11.

The PCA said it had forwarded its findings to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in accordance with section 30(1) of the Police Complaints Authority Act Chapter:15:05 for further action in accordance with the principles of due process.

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