Efforts to spare Snr. Superintendent Watts of departmental charges attempted
By Leroy Smith
An unconventional course of action was reportedly afoot to prevent the administration of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) from complying with the recommendations of a probe involving a Deputy Commander.
The News Room has received information that elements within the Force initiated efforts to prevent Senior Superintendent and ‘B’ Division Deputy Commander, Errol Watts from facing departmental charges.
Last week the police administration received advice for the senior officer to face departmental charges for the refuelling of his personal vehicle at a fuel depot in the police compound back in 2016.
On Friday (March 24, 2017), acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine was asked to comment on the issue to which he said: “what I understand is that the file was requested I don’t know who initiated that the file be sent for some review.” However, he added that “the advice that was initially obtained would stand.” He told media personnel that, “that is as much as I will say on that matter.”
According to sources who spoke with the News Room, after the police received the file with the recommendation for departmental charges, a senior officer reportedly passed instructions for the file to be sent to his office so that a review of the decision could be made.
The case jacket regarding the investigation into the fuel theft had to engage the attention of the Director of Public Prosecution, Police Office of Professional Responsibility, Police Complaints Authority, Police Legal Officer and the Crime Chief’s office.