Two senior police officers will be transferred to new postings in the wake of the February 19 general election victory of the New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Well-placed sources identified the two as Superintendent of Police, Godfrey Flemming, who is the current Chief of the Immigration & Passport Office and the other is former Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Inspector Senneth Joseph.
A source who asked not to be named said that Supt. Flemming will be transferred to Police Head office on Fort George to take up the post of Chief Adjudicator while Insp. Joseph has been re-assigned to a new posting on the sister isle of Carriacou.
He spoke of Head of the Special Services Unit (SSU), Superintendent Jessmon Prince identified as the officer to replace Supt. Fleming at Immigration.
Prince is no stranger to the department after serving for many years under a former NNP administration as Chief of Immigration.
Supt. Fleming’s removal has come as no surprise since his brother was once tipped as a possible candidate for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the St. David’s constituency.
He was subjected to frequent transfers within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) during a previous NNP rule.
Since the 15-0 victory at the polls by Dr. Mitchell and his party, the biggest casualty in the force was Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson who took 257 days leave from the post against the backdrop of public statements made by new Prime Minister that he had concerns over some of the decisions taken by the Chief Cop as head of the force.
According to a well-placed source, Joseph should have reported to work in Carriacou on Monday but his departure was delayed due to the fact that he had to attend to some matters in the local High Court.
He said it is possible that Insp. Joseph might travel to the sister isle later in the week to officially take up his new assignment.
Following the NNP’s clean sweep of the polls, Insp. Joseph was asked to hand over the keys to the FIU office.
He was allegedly instructed by Commissioner Thompson to report to duty at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) head office on Hillsborough Street in St. George’s where he had served before as a leading Detective.
Within hours of the arrival of the former FIU head at CID, Commissioner Thompson was approached by a top official of the NNP with an interest in security matters to remove him from the office.
A source said that the island’s chief cop turned down the request on the grounds that the official who made the approach to him was not connected to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and was in no position to issue instructions to him.
Insp. Joseph as head of FIU was spearheading investigations under the former NDC government into some of the financial dealings of the previous NNP administration of Dr. Mitchell.
The Carriacou police station is currently headed by Superintendent of Police, Sebastian Mitchell.