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The file on the police
raid which took place
at the Fyzabad Police
Station last month is
yet to be sent to the
In an interview in
the authority s director
Gillian Lucky said she
spoke to acting Police
Williams last week to get an update
on the matter.
"He indicated to me that in order
to address the inordinate delay in
information and file and the matter
being sent from the Police Service
to the Police Complaints Authority
he would put me in direct contact
with Mr Peter Reyes, who is the
head of the Professional Standards
Bureau, and all correspondence will
go directly to him requesting the
information," Lucky said.
She said she had written to Reyes
requesting to be furnished with
whatever information was contained
in the file as a result of the police
To date, Lucky added, she had
not received the file.
"So the matter on the part of the
police has not yet been completed
but I made the point that we don t
wait until the investigation is com-
pleted. We are asking for whatever
is available now so that we can
immediately begin our monitoring
and auditing of this particular inves-
tigation," Lucky said.
She said it was necessary for the
authority to ensure there was no
backlog of matters and one way to
address this was to get shorter time-
frame for responses.
"Therefore I have said to Mr Reyes
that he and I will meet next week
in order for us to sit and establish
the protocol so that we could get
the information and that we can
get the status," Lucky said.
She said when she was appointed
as director in December 2010 she
called for certain files concerning
matters which occurred before her
One such matter was the report
and findings of the police probe into
the firearms and narcotics found at
the St Joseph Police Station in
"Although it was a matter that
was determined before hand the
PCA Act does allow the PCA to go
back and look at matters if it s mat-
ters of public importance.
"The point I made back then is
that there are the type of allegations,
the importance of one getting the
evidence as quickly as
dence could disappear
and secondly the need
for the CCTV cameras.
"Here we are in
2014 and we are facing
a similar type of inci-
dent and we are not
getting at this point,
based on the informa-
tion the PCA has we
are not seeing time-
lines that are shorter
and persons being held responsible
culpable for what had occurred,"
She said the PCA eventually got
the file on the St Joseph Police Sta-
tion after hesitation by former police
commissioner Dwayne Gibbs.
However, by the time the author-
ity received the file it was too late
to conduct any investigation.
"We made recommendations to
prevent this type of incident occur-
ring and one of the recommenda-
tions was the CCTV cameras and
the need to ensure there was a prop-
er checking and storage of exhibits
and to ensure there was a tighter
and more rigorous process to deal
with it," Lucky said.
On whether she was concerned
about the Fyzabad file being sent
too late to the authority resulting
on action being taken Lucky said
she could not prejudge what would
be coming before the authority.
"If the inordinate delay in the file
being transmitted to the PCA has
led to persons not being caught or
unearth that matter will be brought
to the police commissioner and all
others to ensure that the public is
aware that something has to be done
when these kind of matters occur,"
Lucky and other members of the
authority were supposed to appear
before a Joint Select Committee at
After 30 minutes, Elton Prescott,
SC who was supposed to head the
committee said the meeting would
be postponed to April 27.
He said the committee failed to
sit because there were not enough
members to form a quorum.
Prescott said the committee was
waiting on one members but that
person could not attended due to
an engagement in court.
It is understood that Opposition
member Faris Al-Rawi was tied up
in court and hence could not attend
Lucky said the authority was
fully prepared for yesterday's
JSC SUSPENDS HEARING
2014 Calypso Monarch Roderick "Chucky" Gordon, poses for a photo with students of the Sacred Hearts
Girls' RC School during the 10th annual Walk Against Crime at the Queen Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain,
on Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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