Providenciales, 04 Oct 2014 – The Police have recently been in the headlines… and not always as the officers arresting suspects of crime, but actually being suspects charged for the crime. As many as four cases of alleged brutality, one which led to the suspension of officer Chovell McPhee; and the other for five counts of arson also suspended an officer; Mikhail Hinson allegedly committing that unbelievable act which destroyed a police cruiser. Some say that alleged arson came as an offshoot of internal problems between police.
Then with two teenagers near Clement Howell High School; where a 17 year old is charged with striking a police officer and is alleging to himself have been beaten up by the police… with a 15 year old shouting expletives in a concerning demonstration of disrespect for these authorities. We asked the Governor, who is not only the Queen’s man on the ground, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister responsible for National Security; what is going on?
He said, QUOTE. Some of these cases are under review at the moment, so it’s not appropriate fro me to comment on the specific details. Obviously, it’s worrying and I hope that the people in charge of the police force, the commissioner, whom I have confidence with, will get to the bottom of it and his senior team will be able to resolve these issues. QUOTE.
He says he will not micromanage… and we asked him about training; tactical and emotional training for these members who in some views seem ill-equipped. He said, QUOTE. I think they are, in any organization of any size, 200 to 300, sometimes you are going to get a problem, in terms of training. QUOTE.