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Dec 15, 2021

Commissioner to Submit Evidence against ACP Marco

Marco Vidal

As we reported on Tuesday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal has been placed on a sixty-day suspension after the Security Services Commission approved a course of actions.  Vidal’s suspension takes effect December thirteenth, during which an investigation will be conducted and a case will be brought against him to the Security Services Commission for a tribunal. The charge against Vidal is “Administrative Misconduct.”  Today, News Five spoke with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa on the disciplinary actions being taken against the senior officer.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“This is an ongoing investigation. I believe the investigation has shown thus far that there were administrative failures on the part of ACP Vidal when it came to assets of the Police Department and of course, just general knowledge of your team’s business – what they are doing at any particular time. And so based on those initial findings, while the investigation is ongoing, ACP Vidal has been placed on suspension by the security Services Commission.”

 

Duane Moody

“Would there be grounds enough for him to be removed from the department?”

 

Kareem Musa

“I believe so. At the end of the investigation, there may be a report based on the findings of that investigation that could amount to a dismissal from office. But we are not there yet.”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“It has to do with administrative issues. We believe that as the Commander of Operations, there are certain things that administratively, he failed to have done in managing the COST team.   What happens next is that the Commissioner, myself, will submit to the C.E.O. the file and all the evidence we have and then the C.E.O. is going to write Mr. Vidal what is called a show-cause letter, asking him in light of these allegations, explain why you should not be disciplined. And we’ll give him time to respond. Mr. Vidal may respond either himself or through his attorney to the allegations outlined in the show-cause letter, and based on that, if he exonerates himself by his response, then the matter ends there. If he does not exonerate himself and it is believed that there is evidence to take him before the Commission on disciplinary charges, then the matter goes before the Commission, it is heard there, and then the decision determines the outcome of that.”

 

Marion Ali

“Does his salary, benefits and rank remain intact?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes. Under the Public Service Constitution regulations, it does not provide for suspensions to be with half pay or without pay. It provides for full pay. I must say, however, that his allowances have been stopped, except the housing allowance. And his entitlement to a vehicle has also come to an end. That vehicle he handed in on Monday while he’s on suspension.”


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