Top cop concerned over allegations of abuse by soldiers
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams again gave his assurance yesterday that any soldiers or police officer found to be in breach of the law will be prosecuted.
Speaking on i95.5FM, Williams said he was concerned over the allegations of abuse by soldiers against citizens.
“From a policing perspective, I have directed my officers if they get any reports in relation to soldiers assaulting citizens out there, they need to investigate those matters and, if necessary, prosecute the soldiers, just as how we prosecute police officers.
“On today’s papers, you saw police officers are prosecuted, last week you saw published police officers prosecuted, so if police officers fail to fulfill their duties and responsibilities to the society and commit criminal offences they will be prosecuted.
“Similarly, if soldiers fail to fulfill their duties and responsibilities to the society and commit criminal offences they will also be prosecuted,” Williams said.
Minister of National Security Gary Griffith later said the Defence Force was investigating all reports of abuse and there were severe penalties if anyone was found guilty.
He noted that, unlike the Police Service, the Regiment did not need to wait until a report was made by a victim, but a board of inquiries could be established and act on its own to investigate the matter to determine if there was any wrong doing.