Dookie removed as SWAT commander amidst Whisky scandal
By Leroy Smith
Two days short of three months as the Commander of the SWAT Unit, Deputy Superintendent Motie Dookie has been relieved of his duties.
Today, Commissioner of Police acting, David Ramnarine confirmed that Dookie will no longer be heading that unit. However, the Top Cop did not say who the new Commander is at this point.
As it relates to the close arrest of Dookie, Ramnarine would not comment on that but would only confirm that an investigation is ongoing into the matter of the senior officer and the alleged role he played in the ferrying of a quantity of smuggled whisky.
Dookie was busted with 30 cases of smuggled Johnny Walker Whiskey during roadblock which was headed by a Police Lance Corporal at Whim, Corentyne Berbice, on Saturday, December 31, 2017. Dookie who was invited into the station on the night of the bust, reportedly told his juniors that the vehicle was ferrying ten cases of whiskey for the Guyana Police Force Old Year’s Night Ball but it turned out that the quantity was more and final destination for the alcohol was not the Guyana Police Force’s Ball.
Dookie, who was required to remain at the police station to facilitate the investigation, left the station on the said night and returned the following morning. However, by then his story pertaining to his knowledge of the alcohol changed and he provided the police with an explanation as to how he ended up in the same vehicle with the smuggled alcohol.
This is the second time that the Police Force has been forced to change the Head of the SWAT Unit within recent months following revelations that embarrassed the force and its image.
In October 2017, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Lonsdale Withrite was relieved of his post as Officer-in-Command of the SWAT Unit after he lost a Service Pistol, and a magazine containing sixteen (16) live rounds during an alleged robbery.