Police Commissioner Erla Harewood-Christopher says a written report on the fiasco involving firearms dealer Brent Thomas will be submitted to National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds in two weeks.
Minister Hinds had previously confirmed that he had received a thorough oral report from Harewood-Christopher on the issue.
Responding to questions during a Joint Select Committee yesterday, however, Harewood-Christopher confirmed that Deputy Commissioner of Police Curt Simon was leading the investigation into the controversial arrest and hand-over of Thomas from Barbados authorities to local police officials last October. Thomas’ return to Trinidad was described by a High Court judge as an “abduction” and a breach of process.
It has prompted investigation to be launched both here and in Barbados, where that country’s Attorney General, Dale Marshall, eventually defended the input of the Barbados Police Service in the matter.
Harewood-Christopher yesterday assured the investigation will be void of any interference.
“What I would assure is that steps are being made to ensure officers are properly guided in the performance of their investigations,” she said.
Harewood Christopher confirmed that requests were made to the regional security services and Caricom Impacs for a report on the incident. However, to date, she said there have been no submissions from both entities implicated in the matter. She was also unable to confirm whether the RSS was previously involved in similar exercises.
“It may have been the process before but I am not aware and the investigations are being conducted and I expect to be appraised accordingly.”
The top cop also assured that police officers were not rattled by the incident. Earlier this week, the Police Social and Welfare Association called for police officers not to be used as a political football in the matter as it noted that the Professional Standards Bureau officers involved in the case had been offered counselling due to the scathing public criticism they have been receiving since the matter became public.