John’s hopes on hold

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Hopes of becoming the deputy commissioner of police are seemingly dashed for Acting Superintendent Ray John who has been linked to an alleged passport scandal.
In April 2016, the then inspector had his heart set on becoming the second highest ranking officer within five years. However John was suspended from active duty with immediate effect.
A release from STRATCOM states: “As a result of investigations being conducted by members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and other Law Enforcement Agencies surrounding allegations of fraudulent Antigua and Barbuda Passports being printed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John has been suspended from active duties, due to his alleged involvement in the matter.”
Three members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force signalled their interest in coming to Antigua to assist in carrying out further investigations into the matter and arrived on the island yesterday.
The Vincentian born officer who was amongst the 29th class of locally trained police officers was in charge of the Rapid Response Unit and has been enlisted in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda for the past 29 years.
In a 2016 interview, John told OBSERVER media that it was his aspiration to become Deputy Commissioner of Police five years from that time and that he did not plan to challenge the then commissioner of police, Wendel Robinson but rather act in a supporting role.
John quickly moved up two ranks and attributed his promotion to his dedication and hard work, despite critics, opposed to his crime-fighting methods.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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