ACTING Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams says there was no special treatment in the recovery of the stolen phone belonging to Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s son and the police involved should be praised for excellent work rather than attacked.
He was speaking with Newsday at the Parliament building in Port of Spain before appearing before the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee and responding to social media criticisms of the police after the recovery of Adrian Imbert’s phone, with some saying resources were not similarly used for crimes against them, or for murder cases such as the recent Chaguaramas shootings.
Williams said: “I would say it is a bit sad that the media has been carrying a story around about the police and the extensive use of resources to pursue a cellphone for the son of Minister Colm Imbert. Now, it’s not about pursuing a cellphone. It’s a robbery, a crime, a serious crime which has been committed and the officers of Port of Spain Division would have done exactly what they are mandated to do – pursue the investigation with a clear intention of solving it, just as any other investigation.”
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