by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada
- Director of Public Prosecution determined officer should face disciplinary action by PSC
- PSC has authority to discipline officers of and above rank of inspector
- Commissioner of Police has authority to discipline officers below rank of inspector
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is to reprimand a senior police officer after a case of sexual misconduct was levelled against him.
In October a full investigation was launched and the officer in question, who at the time was attached to the Special Service Unit (SSU), was forced to take a leave of absence.
The senior officer was accused of having sexual relations with a female who at the time was under police protective custody as a witness in a murder case.
Following the investigation, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Christopher Nelson, determined the officer should not be tried criminally for his action, but should face disciplinary action by the PSC.
Acting Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin during a press briefing on 29 November said, “In his deliberate judgment, the DPP has advised that the complaint should be dealt with as a disciplinary matter by the Public Service Commission and not criminally.”
Martin explained that it is the responsibility of the PSC to enforce disciplinary action against any police officer holding the rank of inspector and above, while the Commissioner of Police has the authority to discipline officer below the rank of inspector.
He made it categorically clear the action of that officer is not a reflection of the entire Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) and maintains that behaviour of such nature would not be tolerated. “It is important to state that the circumstances of this matter are not a reflection of the values of the police force. Consistently the RGPF exhibits the highest level of professionalism, ethical standard, fairness and respect for our constituents.”
While the report is being prepared to be presented to the PSC for consideration, the officer will remain on leave until his fate is decided upon by the PSC.
The Acting Commissioner said information regarding the alleged case of sexual misconduct involving one of their own was deliberated concealed to protect the victim involved. “The details of the complainant and the circumstances of the case are deliberately withheld because of respect and concern for the safety and security of the individual, as well as the fact that this matter remains unresolved.”
As far as I’m concerned that gentlemen Mr. Eberhardt does not appear to be someone who understands what he reads before he answers.