Top Cop peeved that ranks continue to molest people for money
Acting Police Commissioner, Henry Greene, has warned that persons who engage in corrupting police officers through bribery for simple matters will suffer the same fate that befalls officers who are found guilty.
The Police Commissioner was referring to several cases of police officers demanding and accepting bribes for simple traffic offences.
According to Greene, the situation has reached alarming proportions and the police force will take condign action to deal with it.
“We are here to give the public service and protection. Many of my senior officers are continuing to be disgusted at ranks who continue to molest people on the road for money; corrupt officers who continue to stretch their hands out and demand of people that if they don’t want to go to court, pass X amount of money.
“I say to you we will continue to take condign action. Once they are caught, whoever the policemen are, they will be dealt with condignly,” the Acting Commissioner warned.
Several policemen have been placed before the courts for matters involving the demanding of money from persons, especially motorists who commit traffic offences.
In many cases the person from whom they demand money reports them to higher authorities. However, in other cases, the affected persons are reluctant to testify against errant officers.
According to Greene, as recent as last weekend the police launched an investigation into allegations of policemen demanding large sums of money for traffic offences.
“I don’t understand why members of the public continue to do that. Why do you want to pay a policeman $50,000 because you are an unlicenced driver? You are stupid. Members of the public should not be paying policemen if they are caught with traffic offences,” Greene declared.
“As a matter of fact traffic offences are not even convictable, except in the case of causing death by dangerous driving. But many members of the public are encouraging this corruption…and then coming to me three days after to tell me that the cops are corrupt,” the Acting Commissioner said.