Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, has issued a stern warning to members of the Police Force against wrongdoings, pointing out that no member of the Force is immune to the law and that goes for senior officers also.
Mr. Ramjattan’s statement was made this morning at an event on human trafficking and it comes on the heels of the removal of the Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, amidst allegations of the Unit misusing operational funds.
James was sent on leave following a probe into the operations of SOCU in wake of the results of an audit report that pointed several instances of the misuse of funds belonging to the unit.
This morning, Minister Ramjattan said, “it is a serious thing, when you know you have maladministration and probably worse than that happening in certain institutions of law enforcement, you discredit the systems but the good thing is that we are investigating even the higher-ups.”
The findings of the audit report and the investigation that followed have not been released to the public. Ramjattan indicated that the Police Force’s Legal Adviser is to offer advice on the issue.
The Special Organised Crime Unit is currently involved in a number of high profile cases including some that involve members of the former government.
Last week, the Police Commissioner announced a new acting Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit.