Acting Police Commissioner probing statements attributed to Central Snr Supt on Robocop's death

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 20:00

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is seeking to determine the accuracy of statements attributed to Senior Superintendent (Ag.), Jayson Forde, which suggests that the death of Selwyn 'Robocop' Alexis may be a "blessing in disguise".

In a statement issued today, the Acting Commissioner says if the Acting Senior Superintendent's statements are true, then they are "unfortunate".

The following is the statement issued by the Police Service.

"Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Stephen Williams, has noted a front page Express newspaper report published today Wednesday 20th July, 2016, headlined ‘Former Central Division top cop says his murder was a blessing in disguise: Robocop the Bandit’.

In this report certain statements are attributed to Senior Superintendent (Ag.), Jayson Forde, who effective July 18th, 2016, proceeded on vacation leave which will lead to his formal retirement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Snr. Supt (Ag.) Forde handed over command of the Central Division to the incoming Divisional Commander, Snr Supt. (Ag.), Floris Hodge-Griffith, on the date his leave commenced.

With respect to the statements ascribed to Snr Supt (Ag.) Forde, the Commissioner of Police advised he would be seeking to determine whether the ‘utterances are accurate’.

Commissioner Williams observed that should the reported utterances be found to be ‘a true representation’ of any comment/statement that may have been made, this would be ‘rather unfortunate’.

He emphasised that police officers must not allow their emotions to influence their professional conduct.

Commissioner Williams affirmed that the ‘innocent or guilty’ must be effectively served by officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as well as every citizen or resident."