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Grenada PM seeks to clears the air on meeting with police commissioner
Published on March 6, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, has sought to clear the air over allegations in some quarters that he has moved to dismiss Police Commissioner Wilan Thompson.

Mitchell has also expressed concern that some aspects of a private conversation he had with Thompson appeared to have been leaked.

The Grenadian leader met with the commissioner and other senior public servants in a series of separate meetings after the general elections.

“I never indicated to him that I would not want him to continue as police commissioner,” Mitchell said in an interview on Channel Six.

“I posed some questions of concern and decisions that were taken, which clearly to me demonstrate some measure of political activities, and clearly I have to be concerned, so I raised the questions to him to get clarification to hear his explanation,” he said.

Mitchell stressed that during his one and one meeting with Thompson he never indicated to him that he did not want him to continue as the country’s top cop. The prime minister said that, during the conversation, he did explain to Thompson that he was not satisfied with explanations provided on certain matters.

“I never said a word to him, I just received his explanation. I in some cases told him I didn’t necessarily share, understand and be satisfied with those explanations, but I said nothing more to him,” Mitchell said. “The next thing I am hearing… after a private conversation he and I alone had, some elements of it were in the street and in some cases blatant lies about the conversation, twisted to make me look bad as if I was trying to hound him out of office, and it’s unfortunate that someone who was chosen to be a police commissioner could behave in that manner.”

Mitchell said he believes Thompson, who was appointed to the position in September 2011, replacing James Clarkson, has since gone on extended leave.

“I think the police commissioner from what appears to be happening, has seemed to have decided to change himself without being told specifically that there needs to be a change,” Mitchell added.
 
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anthony:

The police commissioner job is and should be a political appointment. That however excuse any PM from appointing someone who's qualified, competent and possesing a clear vision and understanding of where police work around the world is heading. One other thing the PC must have the confidence of the PM. To which i mean the PM should get to appoint his own PC. It's time we grow up and begin to do things the way other successful Govt work. In addition if the PM is correct that his conversation with th PC and the contents were leaked in my view that would be sufficient grounds for his dismissal.

Lloyd:

I believe that this position should be at arms lenght just as the rest of the WORLD where they time crime fighting seriously. The PC should not be appointed by the party in power. If the PC terms ends while there is a new government and there is a need to appoint another in his place so be it. Grenadians need to step up and voice their disapproval with this. Positions like this and others that are very important to the running of the country should not be based on who the party is that's in powoer

anthony:

Sorry Lloyd in most countries around the world PC are political appointments,however in most cases the PM/President chooses carefully and appoints someone with the know how and a hige level of competence.The PM has the solemn and sacred responsibility to not use that office and person to advance his/her political agenda. So in many ways it isn't who becomes PC that's of paramount importance it's who's PM. The PC must have the confidence of the PM and vice-versa as such no leader of any country should have to second guess his most senior security and law enforcement officer.keep the conversation going,its how we grow and move forward.

Ian Francis, Toronto, Ontario:

Grenadians voted for change. As Minister of Home Affairs and National Security, the Prime Minister has the right to summon Thompson to a meeting to discuss wide ranging issues. It is very unethical and disturbing that Thompson opted to BLABB about what he and his Minister discussed.

Finally, as Minister, the Prime Minister has a responsibility to Citizens about Home Affairs and National Security.

Dr. Mitchell has not done anything wrong. Mr Thompson must also know that BLABBING might not be the best thing to do after a serious meeting with his Minister.

Lloyd:

Anthony, if you did not know before the NDC came to power there is a different PC and then that changed and after that there was all these things about the RGPF was very Political in their dealings not only with the public but also in the Rank and file of the membership. So in order not to have the country revisit those dark days. Should the PC not be at arms lenghth of the Party in Power? Because the of the possibilities that an investigation might have to be done and when the PC is asked by the persons below him or advised of the outcome. If it would damage the government in any why the PC who was appointed by the party in power at the time may not want the information to get out. What's policies are in place to stop that from happening now in Grenada? Who does the PC report too? If you want to PM to appoint the PC ten there should be some safe guards in place and there is not at this point. So my point still stands that because you may not have liked how the PC did something or answered a question is not correct to change him. We all know that's what's going to happen in the coming days not that the PC is on EXTENDED LEAVE


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