Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith, has served a warning notice to ACP Irwin Hackshaw whose investigation by the Police Complaints Authority recently concluded.
A statement by the Police Service said that this is the first step in the disciplinary process as outlined in the Police Service Regulations given the allegations made against him.
However, it said that Commissioner will encounter complicated issues as ACP Hackshaw is the most senior police officer and there are no substantive Deputy Commissioners to sit on a tribunal in judgment of Hackshaw.
“The CoP is doing all and will continue to do all in his power to have this matter dealt with. However, the TTPS anticipates that the complicated issues involving this matter will arise when an attempt is made to appoint a tribunal,” the statement said.
It added, quoting Griffith, “The issue at hand here is in many ways beyond my control as this precise scenario was never anticipated in the regulations. I will however, move the process along as far as I can with the expectation that a resolution will be found.”
The Police Service statement said that it is the Commissioner’s hope that by the time the matter may require the convening of a tribunal that the substantive DCPs would have been selected.
“Notwithstanding the fact that this is an internal disciplinary matter, the TTPS has chosen to communicate this update to the public in the interest of transparency even though it is not the practice to ventilate internal disciplinary matters in public,” the statement added.
On Friday the PCA recommended that disciplinary action be taken against Hackshaw, who has been under probe by the Authority over the acquisition funds amounting to $2 million.
The PCA noted that it began the independent investigation on March 9 into reported allegations of unusual financial transactions involving Hackshaw.
The actions, it said, are subject to an investigation into criminal offences, that is nearing completion and serious police misconduct.
The PCA referred the evidence gathered together with a recommendation for disciplinary proceedings to be instituted, to Commissioner Griffith.