Willan Thompson is back home

Commissioner Thompson intends to report for duties on July 7

Commissioner Thompson intends to report for duties on July 7

The island’s defacto Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson is back from study leave in England to qualify as a barrister-at-law.

According to a well-placed source, Thompson returned to the State on June 16 and is due to return to work officially on July 7.

Commissioner Thompson was one of the first causality of the incoming Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government after it won the February 2013 general elections.

New Prime Minister Mitchell summoned the island’s Police Chief to his private home at Happy Hill within days of the outcome at the polls.

The Prime Minister is said to have raised several concerns with Thompson including the fact that he did not provide security for him as Opposition Leader and informed him that he did not have confidence in him as the island’s Chief Security Officer.

Thompson decided to take force leave from duties and retired Commissioner of Police, Winston James was brought back to take charge of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

The source said that Commissioner Thompson has already notified the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister which is also responsible for National Security about his return to the island and intention of returning to his post at the end of his officially sanctioned leave.

He told this newspaper that Thompson’s leave is due to end on July 6 and he has an obligation under the rules of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to return to work at Police Head Office at Fort George on July 7.

The PS in the Office of the Prime Minister has a responsibility to inform the PSC about the situation involving the Commissioner of Police.

There are unconfirmed reports that the Mitchell government is seeking to find a place within the Ministry of Legal Affairs to place the Chief Cop at the end of his leave early next month.

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