SWAT Commander escapes from police custody
By Leroy Smith
Hours after he was detained and placed under close arrest for a quantity of smuggled whiskey, Deputy Superintendent and Commander of the SWAT Unit, Motie Dookie escaped from the custody of the Whim Police Station on Saturday night, December 30.
News Room understands that Dookie was reportedly “relaxing” in the barracks room at the station without any form of restraint and when ranks at the station made a decision to check on him, he was nowhere to be found at around 22:00hrs.
It is believed that Dookie used his tactical skills to release himself from custody by way of a window at the barracks room so his departure from custody was undetected.
When police ranks are placed under close arrest, they are generally not shackled or place in a cell but rather confined to the police premises where their movements are monitored. This is not the first time that a member of the force escaped from custody while being under close arrest but it is the first time that such a senior officer would have pulled such a stunt.
It is unclear if this new development will see the force changing its SOPs as it relates to how ranks and other members of the force are treated when they are under close arrest.
On Saturday evening, the SWAT Commander was busted with thirty cases of smuggled Johnny Walker Whiskey in Corentyne Berbice. News Room was informed that the senior officer was pulled over during roadblock which was headed by a Police Lance Corporal at Whim, Corentyne Berbice.
Dookie reportedly told ranks that the alcohol is the property of the Guyana Police Force but he could not provide any documentation for same nor could the ranks confirm that the alcohol was indeed intended for the force.
It has been more than ten hours since the officer was busted but there has been no official word from the Guyana Police Force in relation to the matter.