Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Williams: Cops to probe PCA

Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has made it clear that police investigators will only be probing the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) for “leaks” involving the sensitive reports into the unauthorised New Flying Squad Investigative Unit (NFSIU).

This, despite the fact that both the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the PCA had investigated and compiled separate reports into the operations of the illegal NFSIU.

The investigations into the NFSIU followed media reports that a rogue police unit had been set up last year, under the noses of senior national security officials ostensibly to deal with the escalating crime situation.

Both reports found the unit was operational and had no authority to function nor was it sanctioned by acting Commissioner Williams. 

“The investigation is to determine whether there has been a leak of confidential information in contravention of the PCA Act,” Williams confirmed to the Express yesterday.

Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) Senator Faris Al-Rawi and Express Investigative journalist Anika Gumbs revealed information from both the PCA and Police Service reports.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and other Government officials have condemned the leaks. 

Williams last Friday instituted the investigation but, by his own admission, it will focus only on whether the PCA Act has been contravened. He has not mentioned any probe into who may be behind the leaks of the police report. 

He further explained that his lead investigator, ACP Deodath Dulalchan, will interview all persons he considers can assist him in his investigations. Williams was specifically asked whether this includes the Office of the DPP and in particular the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC.

According to Williams, Dulalchan “ is a very senior police officer so he will interview all persons who he considers can assist him in the investigation.”

As to whether Dulalchan was ever transferred within the Police Service due to allegations pertaining to his character as an officer of the law, Williams said, “I do not know whether he was ever transferred because of allegations made against him. I have never transferred him because of allegations.”

He also did not respond to a question whether Lucky would be asked to step down during the investigation. 

Lucky has already indicated the PCA’s willingness to cooperate with the police probe but said the PCA had not been officially informed of any investigation. 

Commenting in the Sunday Express yesterday, Lucky said, “The PCA has not been officially informed about the investigation into the leak of the PCA report dealing with the existence of the New Flying Squad,” but assured, “the PCA stands ready to co-operate with the police in the execution of their duty.”