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Dec 13, 2019

Cop on the run in missing firearms case

Police Constable Nadir Mendoza is on the run and his fellow officers are now looking for him. On Thursday, police issued a wanted poster for Mendoza. The Santa Elena constable is being sought for three guns that have gone missing at the Queen Street Police Station. According to Commissioner Chester Williams, Mendoza was detained and later released and since then they’ve been unable to track him down. The Police Department has since launched a criminal and internal investigation. Here’s what ComPol Williams told the media about the matter.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Three firearms were signed out by a police officer, Nadir Mendoza, over a period of time and upon inspection of the firearm register, it shows that the officer didn’t sing the firearm back in. So, I have since directed that a criminal investigation be conducted as well as an internal investigation. Since the discovery of this incident, the officer has seized coming to work and so I have also directed that they put out a wanted poster for him. We have notified the borders, and we are looking for him within the country and as soon as he is found he will need to give account for those firearms and if he fails to do so then he will be charged criminally for theft where those firearms are concerned.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Was he detained at any point and got away from police?”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams

“I was told that yes he may have been detained about a week or so ago but he didn’t get away; he was subsequently released by the investigators.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Was there some sort of failure in the protocols in terms of the handling of firearms there at the police station?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well, most naturally we have to look at that because then the executive duty officers who run the relief at Precinct Three have a responsibility to ensure that when they hand over and take over, that they hand over what they have taken over an ensure that what they take over is exactly what is being handed over to them. So, there is some breakdown in terms of the protocols where the handing over and taking over is concerned and that is being looked at internally by professional standards branch.”

 

Reporter

“Were there ever any disciplinary issues with that officer before?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes he was involved in a situation in San Ignacio are and he was charged, I think criminally. I believe, if I can recall correctly, the virtual complainant might have withdrew the matter and with that he was allowed to come back. He was also tried internally and was convicted, I believe, and the adjudicator didn’t recommend his dismissal and that was an unfortunately situation and because of that he was allowed back to actual acting police duties.”


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