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Aug 17, 2016

Can Regulation Help Police Avoid Entanglements with Unsavoury Characters?

Godwin Hulse

And while the police are certain to double down on efforts to stop crime, the recent William Mason case shows that sometimes, the alleged criminal element is well-disguised. While senior police officers have tried their mightiest to distance themselves from Mason, his web seems to entangle them even more. So can specific regulations stop such entanglements? We asked the new Police Minister for his take on it.

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Police

“Every citizen, particularly people in public service and public life, has a responsibility to uphold their own integrity and their dignity. I cannot slight anybody for having casually associated with anybody, not necessarily knowing his background. However, I can slight anybody for having engaged in any untoward activity with anybody at all; so there’s a difference there. I mean, I personally do not think that we could ever institute any laws to shield, if you like, people from associating with other persons by virtue that they may have some background that you don’t know about. On the other hand, of course if you are aware of persons and their activities, particularly police, then clearly you don’t want to associate with the person; and in fact, it should be the other way around – you should investigate it and see how you could deal with it.”

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