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Nov 16, 2017

No Criminal Charges, But Disgrace Visited on Cops Accused of Humiliating Youth Cadets

Joseph Myvett

A pair of police constables has been placed on interdiction even before appearing before a tribunal earlier today.  The unnamed officers are accused of taking nude pictures of male cadets attached to the Placencia branch of the Youth Cadet Corps.  The act is abusive, to say the least, and the fate of both men has been decided by their superiors. Late this evening, News Five confirmed that the officers were disciplinary charged.  While the parents of the boys are not requesting court action against the officers, ACP Joseph Myvett says that they certainly will be transferred from the Community Policing Unit should they be allowed to return to their jobs.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Because of the fact that the investigation involves minors, I will not go into the details.  But I can tell you that an investigation was done and two officers have since been placed on charge.  One got five disciplinary charges and the other one got one charge.  They will be interdicted today, as soon as they have appeared before a tribunal they will be interdicted today and it is likely that if they are able to keep their jobs at the end of this, they will certainly be removed from the Community Policing Unit.”

 

Reporter

“Can you say what is the extent of the charges sir, any at all?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“They are police disciplinary related charges.”

 

Reporter

“Are you able to identify these officers?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, so I know that many times it’s a toss up between criminal charges and internal charges and the disciplinary charges.  Was there any opportunity, based on the allegations, to press criminal charges?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, there was none.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, so there was no criminal offense?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“None.  The complainants preferred that they did not want criminal charges then.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, it’s obviously a matter that has been taken quite seriously by the department, by senior command because community policing is an important initiative.  Are you able to say, based on the allegation, what were the extent of the behavior?  What was the extent of the behavior that these police officers engaged in, one: did they force young males who were cadets to pose nude for photographs or to take nude photographs?  Two, did they force them to pay for water which…”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, I wouldn’t be able to say that.”

 

Reporter

“Can you say their ranks?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“They are constables.”

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