No crisis in the police force says PM Browne

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PM Browne congratulates Robinson after his appointment as commissioner

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said that despite the suspension of two high ranking police officers in one week the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda is not in crisis.

“I want to assure the people of Antigua and Barbuda that the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda is in good hands,” the prime minister told Pointe FM on Saturday.

He was referring to the appointment of Atlee Rodney as Commissioner of Police (Acting) and Deputy Commissioner Albert Wade.

“They are very, very capable individuals so there should not be any thinking that there is any crisis within the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force,” Browne told radio listeners.

In fact, ill make their point here too, that both Rodney and Wade are just as good as the suspended commissioner so there will be no crisis,” he added.

Browne was speaking on the suspension of top cop Wendell Robinson Acting Superintendent of Police Ray John for two separate alleged infractions.

The prime minister said however that their suspension does not mean they are guilty.

“I have to make the point here too that suspension does not suggest any form of guilt, it’s about due process,” he said.

Robinson was suspended as the Police Service Commission investigations sexual harassment allegations against him and while John was suspended for alleged involvement in a passport fraud probe.

Lawyers for the suspended commissioner have asked that he be reinstated by April 20, 2017.

Asked to comment on this development Browne said: “that is a matter for the police service commission but I am aware of that letter that was sent and we will see.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. PM also said the reports of sexual misconduct by the commissioner are just allegations
    Now commissioner suspended.

    PM also said the passport selling scandal with the Vincie criminal element in the force is just a propaganda way within the force and should be taken with a grain of salt
    Now Ray John suspended and hundreds of thousands of US dollars are alleged to be found

    ANR please take the PMs pronouncements with a grain of salt.

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  2. The minister does not get weekly updates from his security forces….He does not know whats going on ,as he said take it with a grain of salt…..and prime minister what is the problem with water situation water off in Pares and Herberts …What is the problem omy come on we can do better that this it is the 21st century please don’t say no rain we are surrounded by water papa BIRD gave us a plant that was working up to the upp time until some smart educated person feel the need to put it down……This is just sickening but the people continue to vote for these people and run behind them ……..

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