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Dec 1, 2021

ComPol says Vidal’s Pending Suspension is Based on “Administrative Failures”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal, whose lengthy career in law enforcement includes stints as head of the defunct Gang Suppression Unit and Commander of Operations, is presently on leave.  ACP Vidal took a leave of absence following the November fourth fiasco in which four members of his former Commander of Operations Strike Team were implicated in the landing of a drug plane on the Southern Highway near Bladen.  Since then, Vidal has come under fire and intense public scrutiny over his control of COST. On Monday, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the media that a recommendation has been put forward for Vidal’s suspension upon the conclusion of his personal leave. That recommendation will be presented to the Security Services Commission which will decide on the matter. Earlier today, ComPol Williams provided an update.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“He is still on leave. I think his leave would end on the sixth of December and by then we should [have] already approached the [Security] Services Commission for his suspension to take effect as the leave comes to an end. While yes, there is a move to suspend it will be based on administrative failures. The investigation so far has not unearthed anything to suggest that Mr. Vidal was involved or in cahoots with those persons. But yes, we have seen where, as the Commander of Operations and the person who was in charge of the COST team, that he could have done certain things to prevent what happened and he did not.  So administratively, he will be held accountable for those.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Would that be tantamount to misconduct because there are some legal opinions that suggest that Mr. Vidal cannot be suspended or removed without evidence of misconduct.”

 

Chester Williams

“I said it‘s administrative, so it has to do with misconduct.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“So you‘re saying that based on what you‘ve seen thus far in terms of slippage, if I could use that expression, that he would be on the hook to face the suspension?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, and that would be a matter for the [Security] Services Commission to determine after we submit to them what we have.”


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