Mystar: We expect action
"WE expect action."
This was the response given yesterday by public information officer of the Police Service Sgt Wayne Mystar when asked what the service was expecting from newly-appointed Minster of National Security Jack Warner.
Yesterday was Warner's first day on the job as National Security Minister following the removal of retired Brig John Sandy from the post last week during Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's Cabinet reshuffle.
Mystar said the Police Service was looking forward to working with Warner as National Security Minister and was confident that new ideas would be brought to the table that would assist in the fight against crime.
He was speaking during yesterday's daily police press briefing at the Police Administration Building, Sackville Street, Port of Spain.
Mystar said the main priority of the Police Service was to fight crime and he welcomed any initiative brought forward that could assist in doing so.
Asked if investigations into bribery allegations brought against Warner could be affected given his new role, Mystar responded: "As an impartial organisation, the Police Service is working with all stakeholders with regard to fighting crime... Any person, any member of the public, once certain information is brought to the attention of the police it would be investigated."
In May 2010, Warner (then FIFA vice-president) invited the heads of various Caribbean football associations to meet with FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain.
At that meeting, several officials reported that over US$1 million was distributed to them in brown envelopes.
Police were advised by the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard to examine the Customs and Excise Act in the course of their bribery investigations.