Officer censured for statement

Details are beginning to emerge about an attempt by the High Command of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to censure a Corporal of Police for allegedly making statements against the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the officer was summoned to police headquarters at Fort George for a meeting with two of the most senior officers in the force.

According to a source who did not wish to be identified the police officer was questioned in connection with reports that he made a statement to the effect that the current sitting of Parliament will be the last for the Mitchell regime.

Speculation is rife that the statement was being interpreted to mean that the policeman was predicting defeat for Mitchell’s NNP in the upcoming general election.

The officer reportedly denied making the statement but was told that Acting Commissioner Winston James had received information which suggested otherwise.

One of the two High Command members who confronted him was identified as an individual who was on suspension from the force during the 1990-95 rule of Congress under Sir Nicholas Brathwaite but was brought back when the NNP came to power in the 1995 general election.

In recent years, he has received rapid promotion under NNP and is now seen as one of the most powerful officers in the force.

The source pointed out that the officer who was reprimanded last week was not on active duty but was summoned to report to Fort George for a meeting with the hierarchy.

This newspaper understands that the officer in question was once working with the Special Branch unit during the 2008-13 rule of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Tillman Thomas.

A member of the force who commented on the situation described it as “a serious matter” that was “intended to send fear down people spine”.

He warned that the country should be careful and avoid walking down the path of a North Korean military dictatorship.

He said that as a member of RGPF he knows of many officers in “grey” uniform who are known to be supporters of the NNP openly speaking out in support of the current regime without facing any censuring from the High Command.

The police force is said to be badly divided along party lines with most of the key positions occupied by NNP loyalists.

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