Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain
ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw has received a warning notice from Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.
This comes one day after the commissioner held a press conference to clear the air on the matter involving Hackshaw stating that he was limited in what he could do because of his position.
In a media release on Wednesday, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) stated that the warning notice was the first step in the disciplinary process as outlined in the Police Service Regulations given the allegations made against him.
But there will be challenges ahead.
The TTPS said, “But the CoP will encounter 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 CoP 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.”
The CoP 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.”
He is hoping that by the time the matter may require the convening of a tribunal, that the substantive positions of deputy commissioner of police would have been selected.
The TTPS said, “Notwithstanding the fact that this is an internal disciplinary matter, the TTPS 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.”