Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, says he will act on the information filed in a report from the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), concerning allegations against ACP Irwin Hackshaw.

He also confirmed that ACP Hackshaw has been suspended, with immediate effect.

The assurance comes following news that the PCA has sent its completed report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for action.

In the TTPS release, Commissioner Griffith says the Police Service is consulting with the DPP’s Office on the matter, and an investigator will be appointed.

The full text of the Commissioner’s statement, follows…

CoP RECEIVES FINAL PCA REPORT WILL ACT ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS

In light of the recent recommendations of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) received yesterday, Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has ordered that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Irvin Hackshaw, be suspended with immediate effect. This followed a meeting on September 15th, 2020 between Director of the PCA, David West, and the Commissioner of Police.

The CoP said that the TTPS received these recent and latest findings and recommendations from the PCA, dated September 15th, 2020, into a report pertaining to ACP Hackshaw. He stated that the TTPS is having consultations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and is awaiting further advice. An investigator will be appointed.

The CoP pointed out that now that the PCA’s investigations are complete, he is in a position to act.

Weeks ago, Commissioner Griffith said he was not prepared to bow to internal and external pressure, based on newspaper articles, to take action on ACP Hackshaw as the investigations were incomplete.

He said prior to this, there were no recommendations made by either the PCA or the TTPS with regard to any criminal offence.

He said what he received in August was a recommendation for disciplinary action based on an initial report. Now that a recommendation that a criminal offence may have been committed based on an investigation, the CoP said he was now in a position to suspend ACP Hackshaw.