A senior police officer is claiming he was provided promotion inducements to confess he witnessed the leaking of the file on ag Assistant Commissioner of Police Irwin Hackshaw to this journalist.
Ag Insp Sheridon Hill is making the allegation towards president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Affiliation (TTPSSWA) president Insp Gideon Dickson.
Dickson has, nonetheless, denied the allegation.
Contacted on August 13, Dickson was requested to touch upon the allegation that he provided to “tip the dimensions” as an inducement for promotion.
He stated, “I’m not liable for… I’ve no say within the promotion of officers within the T&T Police Service. I had no dialog with nobody from PSB (Skilled Requirements Bureau) so far as I recall in relation to something like that.”
Requested whether or not he had any dialog with any police officer providing promotion as an inducement ought to stated officer(s) come ahead claiming the PSB leaked the Hackshaw file, Dickson stated, “I had a number of conversations with respect to promotions of officers within the Police Service… one in every of my jobs is to symbolize cops, so I have no idea what you’re referring to.”
At a information convention hosted by Griffith on June 18, Dickson stated he believed Hackshaw was the topic of a “witch-hunt” by the media.
“We imagine a witch-hunt is being carried out in relation to Mr Hackshaw. We assist due course of, and Mr Hackshaw who’s a member of the TTPSSWA is due to this fact harmless till confirmed responsible,” Dickson had stated.
He famous that the TTPS had carried out its personal investigations and there was no prison proof towards Hackshaw. And whereas the affiliation revered the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and that it was doing its personal enquiry, Dickson stated he believed this investigation might have been “contaminated” by the actions of its officers.
“We’re conscious the PCA would have despatched variations of the unfinished investigation to the PSC (Police Service Fee) and the Commissioner of Police and we imagine that this contaminates any investigation. We really feel it locations bias when it comes to a prejudicial consequence and we now have data to indicate the PCA would have labelled officers as the most important gang in T&T. So it comes throughout suspiciously,” Dickson had stated.
The alleged dialog
The allegations towards Dickson are being made by ag Insp Hill and two different officers who’re presently exploring their authorized choices.
Hill, who was the authorized officer hooked up to the PSB, was despatched on fast go away three weeks in the past after submitting a three-page report into the investigation of Cocorite resident Cecil Skeete and one other report into Hackshaw.
The Sunday Categorical understands that a report and sworn affidavit detailing an incident which occurred on the PSB’s Henry Road, Port of Spain, convention room on June 12 is presently participating the eye of Hill’s legal professional.
It’s alleged that Hill, together with two different officers, had been approached by Dickson on separate events and provided inducements, equivalent to promotions, to state that they witnessed the handing-over of confidential investigative recordsdata relating to Hackshaw to this journalist.
Makes an attempt to acquire a remark from Hill have been unsuccessful, as all calls to his cellphone went on to voice mail.
Sources instructed the Sunday Categorical Hill is amongst a number of officers in quarantine.
The Sunday Categorical understands that Hill met with Dickson and different senior officers in the course of the week of June 12, following a gathering at Police Administration headquarters. The assembly was held to handle the promotion of six officers from the rank of Sgt to Insp.
The Sunday Categorical additional understands that Dickson contacted Hill through his cellphone on June 12, indicating he wished to talk with him about promotion and would meet him at PSB places of work.
Upon arrival, each males entered the convention room.
In line with Hill’s report, Dickson stated in the course of the dialog, “The place yuh telephone?, the place yuh telephone? Put it down so… put it down so… simply now eh… umm learn how to put this… your telephone off? I don’t need you taping me…
“Dickson: ‘ Mr Dookhie (ACP Totaram Dookhie) is meant to come back again out on go away and never the best way he thinks he’s coming again out… you understand he isn’t appreciated. When you would say sure, that Mr Dookhie gave Denyse Renne the file on Mr Hackshaw that may tip the scales…’
“Hill replied to Dickson, ‘ me? What you understand about me? Inform (identify referred to as) and (identify referred to as), I say, take their promotion and shove it up their [email protected]#*ing [email protected]#. I say that.’”
Skeete and Dookhie
ACP Dookhie, who as soon as headed the PSB, resumed policing duties on the finish of June, having been despatched on fast trip go away by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith earlier this yr. He’s now stationed at Camp Cumuto.
Moreover, Dookhie was the lead investigator into allegations made by Cocorite resident Cecil Skeete that Griffith had choked him on the 4 Roads Police Station. He additionally headed the investigation into the allegations made by Skeete and allegations of monetary impropriety towards Hackshaw.
Skeete’s investigative file was handed over to Deputy Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip on December 19 by ag DCP Jayson Forde.
Phillip then handed the file to the PSB and, by extension, Dookhie for investigation. The file was subsequently handed again to Phillip, on directions from a senior police officer.
Skeete had alleged that Griffith assaulted and threatened him with a gun while in police custody on the police station final yr. He was shot lifeless on December 29.
The PSB, led by Dookhie on the time, had sought an interview with Skeete shortly after copies of a sworn affidavit appeared within the media.
Nevertheless, in a four-page sworn affidavit signed on November 26 and stamped by commissioner of affidavits Cindy Sinanan, Skeete said that though Griffith thumped a desk on the 4 Roads Police Station in June final yr, at no time did he (Griffith) contact him.
That is in distinction to what he instructed the Sunday Categorical throughout an interview in Cocorite on November 12, 2019.
Following the Skeete matter, Dookhie, together with different officers, had been transferred from the PSB.
Dookhie was initially transferred to the Southern Division. Nevertheless, this was rescinded and he was instructed to proceed on fast trip go away which he had accrued.
Police Affiliation secretary:
Officer confided in me
Contacted by the Sunday Categorical on August 14 and requested in regards to the allegations towards Dickson, secretary of the affiliation Sgt Ancil Forde stated “one of many individuals you’re referring to would have spoken to me and indicated that one thing would have occurred, however when it comes to having private information, no I don’t know”.
Requested whether or not he had raised the claims with Dickson, Forde stated, “No I didn’t point out it with the president.”
The Sunday Categorical requested why not and whether or not such a declare was not a matter of concern, to which Forde responded: “It was not that the particular person was reporting to me a difficulty to take up.
“It was simply him telling me what transpired. Whether it is true, it’ll elevate a priority for me”.
Questioned on the stance taken by the affiliation final month the place they threw full assist behind Hackshaw and if such a stance was unanimous, Forde stated, “It was a choice taken by the chief. Mr Hackshaw is a member of the affiliation.”
The Hackshaw probe
Hackshaw is the topic of an ongoing prison investigation by the PCA into allegations that he deposited near $2 million in his private financial institution accounts, having acquired the monies from a number of companies.
There have been over 180 deposits amounting to $1.eight million unfold over 18 RBC Royal Financial institution accounts, an account at Scotiabank and the Unit Belief Company.
Following its investigation into alleged misconduct, the PCA has really useful to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that Hackshaw face inside disciplinary motion for receiving the money from companies and depositing into his private banking accounts.
In line with the PCA, the proof gathered helps the allegation that “Hackshaw accepted paid employment, or, undertook personal work with out approval, in breach of Regulation 133(b) and in contravention of Laws 150(1); (2)(a); (c) and (d)(i) of the PSR”.
The PCA’s prison investigation stays ongoing and is anticipated to be accomplished throughout the first half of September.
On Could 28, the TTPS introduced that its investigation into Hackshaw was closed, having heard from him that the monies collected had been a part of safety consultancy and on behalf of the TTPS occasions.
Hackshaw is scheduled to formally retire in November.