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Apr 24, 2019

ComPol Williams Explains Association President’s Transfer

According to ComPol Williams, the reason for Corporal Arzu’s transfer to that area of the department is because he displays an interest in the wellbeing of officers on the job.  The post, he says, would also have allowed for him to become eligible to move up in rank.


On the Phone: Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“But I will also say that we all joined the department knowing that it is a transferable one and it is not as if he was being transferred from one district to another.  The place where he is being transferred is the office that deals with implementation, planning.  It’s like the brain of the department that would look at drafting of policies and the reason why I was putting him there, I spoke to him even before he was transferred to the office and I said to him, “Mr. Arzu is seems to be you’re into personnel welfare, I will put you in this office because the office will deal with drafting of policies and you can work very closely with Mr. Jones and myself in looking at drafting policies that will address the welfare of personnel.”  And he was very, he didn’t express any dissent in terms of wanting to go there, he was like okay, and so I was surprised to see in his claim before the court, he had that as an issue, the matter of his transfer.  Man, we all know that the public service is transferable, the police department is transferable and I had also said to him that he has been a corporal for many years and that it is time that we look to put him somewhere where he can market himself and become promotable so he could be promoted to the next level.  All of that I discussed with Mr. Arzu.  But everything was going fine until, as I said before, he was requested to submit a list of the Police Association accounts and there is where everything fell apart again.  So I stand behind the decision that myself and my senior management team have made in terms of the stoppage of his salary.  If or when he shows up to work then whatever needs to be done in order to deal with the matter will be done and then we move on from there.”


As a public officer, Arzu is not allowed to make public comments.

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