DNA leader blasts police commission for silence

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The Police Service Commission is being accused of wilfully ignoring the complaints of several junior officers who are alleging sexual harassment by a senior cop.
That is the criticism coming from the leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Joanne Massiah. Recently, several junior male officers and one man seeking to join the force filed official complaints against a senior policeman regarding incidents in 2016 and 2017, asking that the PSC intervene.
Two weeks ago, the prime minister said the commission had no formal complaints before it and could do nothing.
This week, the affected officers wrote fresh letters to the Commission, asking for a speedy investigation. Massiah is condemning the PSC for its silence.

PSC Chairman Kelvin John initially said that the commission is acting in a “quasi-judicial” role and cannot discuss the issue.
But he would not confirm that the commission was in fact, investigating the allegations. Massiah is dismissing the PSC Chairman’s position as an excuse for not addressing the issue.
A source told OBSERVER media that the prime minister directed the commission to drop the matter.
The prime minister denies doing so, but the commission refused to confirm or deny.
The DNA leader is now calling for the accused officer to be suspended or transferred pending the outcome of an investigation.

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