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for 27TH JANUARY, 2015
Assistant Commissioner of Police
(ACP) Peter Reyes is set to be charged
with three criminal charges related to
his alleged conduct aboard a Caribbean
Airlines flight from Tobago last month.
The T&T Guardian understands that
the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Roger Gaspard, SC, advised investigating
police to lay the charges under the Civil
Aviation Act, after a meeting with lead
investigator DCP Glenn Hackett at his
offices at Richmond Street, Port-of-
Hours later, Hackett reportedly met
with his team of investigators from the
Professional Standards Bureau to discuss
how to proceed with the investigation.
A source close to the investigation said
the team was considering charging Reyes
via summons in lieu of issuing a tradi-
tional warrant for his arrest.
Under this process, the information
related to the charges will be laid in the
Arima Magistrates Court, with Reyes,
who is currently on sick leave, being
notified of a pre-fixed date of hearing
of the case.
On that day, Reyes will have to appear
in court to answer the charge and
depending on his plea, will then be issued
bail until a trial.
Several calls to Hackett s cellphone
yesterday went unanswered and he did
not return voice messages.
The charges, which fall under Section
60 (1) of the legislation, are for threat-
ening the safety of the aircraft and pas-
sengers on board; using abusive and
insulting language towards a crew mem-
ber and for intentionally interfering with
crew members in the execution of their
duties. All three carry a maximum fine
of $25,000 and up to a year imprison-
The National Security s Ministry s audits
of the Hoop of Life, Citizens Security and
National Mentorship programmes may begin
by March 1, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith said yesterday.
He did so in the Senate while replying to
questions from People s National Movement s
(PNM) Senator Camille Robinson-Regis.
Following the Life Sport audit by the Finance
Ministry and ensuing debacle and termination
of that programme Griffith announced last year
that he would also audit the Hoop of Life and
other social programmes under his ministry
Yesterday, he said the ministry was preparing
to tender for independent service providers to
conduct project audits on the three programmes.
He said he hoped audits would start by March
1. Included in the brief is a request for the audi-
tors to determine whether the programmes are
achieving the objectives set out in their pro-
gramme designs and whether the projects in
their current form are the most efficient in
meeting Government s stated crime reduction
initiatives in the communities.
PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi subsequently
asked Griffith, more than five times, whether
any government division was probing the Life
Sport programme apart from the police.
Each time Griffith said that the police were
doing so with a view to questionable action
and to see if the Life Sport situation warranted
laying of charges.
He said it would be inappropriate for another
division or his ministry to probe the now
defunct programme while the police, the legit-
imate entity to investigate the matter, was doing
so.Griffith said if the ministry had probed Life
Sport, the Opposition PNM would have accused
the Government of bias in the issue, so it was
in the best interest of transparency that the
police were doing the probe.
Hoop of Life probe
After meeting with CAL flight probers...
DPP advises: Charge Reyes
According to reports, around 5 pm on
December 18, Reyes, who had only just been
assigned as ACP for Tobago at the time,
boarded the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL)
flight at the Piarco International Airport.
While the plane was taxiing on the
runway, Reyes reportedly got into an
argument with flight attendants over their
request that he switch off his cellphone.
The pilot returned the plane to the
terminal and Reyes was escorted off the
plane to speak to security personnel of the
Airports Authority of T&T (AATT). He was
then allowed to leave and completed his
journey to Tobago on a flight the following
After they completed their shift that night,
CAL crew members reported the incident to
the Piarco Police Station. The flight crew also
pointed Reyes out in an identification parade
earlier this month.
In an interview which followed, Reyes
claimed that he had difficulties switching off
the cellphone which was issued to him by
the T&T Police Service as part of his
INCIDENT ON FLIGHT
According to an AATT report on the
incident, which has been made public, Reyes
reportedly told security officials at the
airport that he felt the airline staff were
victimising him because of his ethnicity.
AATT security officials conducted their
own investigation into the incident but they
determined that no charges could be
brought against the senior cop.
The incident and corresponding media
reports caused a massive public outcry and
was condemned by the executive of the
Police Social and Welfare Association and
even by acting Police Commissioner Stephen
In an almost immediate response,
Williams transfered Reyes from the Tobago
Division to T&T Police Service (TTPS)
community relations department. Once
charged, Williams will have the option of
suspending Reyes and deducting his pay
during the period of suspension.
Williams did not answer his cellphone
when contacted yesterday evening.
soca artiste Ricardo
Drue during the
opening of the
Carnival Village at
the Queen's Park
Spain, on Monday.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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