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Aug 15, 2017

Professional Standards Branch confirms charged for P.G. cops accused of extortion

In Punta Gorda, two cops have been accused of shaking down a school principal for money to hush up an alleged violation of insurance expiration. They agreed to accept money to avoid towing away her vehicle and revoking her drivers’ license.  But they didn’t count on getting caught red-handed with the money by their own boss, Assistant Superintendent Clement Cacho.  Police Constables Jenny Tanner and Arden Jones now face criminal and disciplinary charges as explained by Commander of the Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch

“A school principal from that district has reported to the police that she was the driver of her motor vehicle when she arrived at a check point within Punta Gorda Town. At the check point her vehicle was inspected by the police who notified her that the insurance of the vehicle had expired two days prior. She was then informed of her detention and later was escorted to the Punta Gorda Town Police Station by W.P.C. Jenny Tanner. On the way to the police station, Miss Tanner informed her that the offence was one of a serious nature and that her driver’s license will be revoked and her motor vehicle impounded and that she should settle financially with the officers. She arrived at the police station, was taken to an office where P.C. Arden Jones who was one of the officers at the check point met her in the office and asked her how much she was willing to pay. Fearing that her vehicle be impounded and her driver’s license revoked, she said three hundred [dollars]. The officer then allowed her to go to the bank to withdraw the money which she did and later on returned to the office where she met P.C. Jones and gave him the money. Immediately thereafter she reported the matter to Mr. Cacho, the officer commanding Punta Gorda Town police station who took swift action by going to the office where Jones was and he retrieve the money from Jones. Jones was later subsequently arrested and charged for the crime of extortion jointly along with Miss Tanner. They will also be charged disciplinary for act to the prejudice of good order and discipline as well as soliciting a bribe and neglect of duty in respect f that matter.”

 

W.P.C. Tanner had previously been charged for extortion while posted to the island of Caye Caulker, but the case was later thrown out.

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