Montserrat police officers disciplined following misconduct probe

BRADES, Montserrat, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 – One officer has been suspended and another sent on compulsory leave pending the results of an internal investigation into allegations of police misconduct relating to the arrest of two men a month ago.

Law enforcement officers from Bermuda and Cayman are also due here next week to assist The Royal Montserrat Police Service with the investigations.

The misconduct allegations surfaced during and following the December 17, 2011 arrest of George Leonard and George Farrell. No further details of the incident were reported.

The disciplinary action was taken against the two officers following extensive internal police investigations, a government statement explained.

“The Governor has decided that in addition to the very comprehensive internal investigation undertaken to date, he should activate the provisions of a co-operation agreement on reciprocal law enforcement assistance between the Caribbean Overseas Territories,” the statement said.

“This will enable law enforcement officers from the Bermuda and Cayman police services to come to Montserrat to assist in the on-going investigation under the command and direction of Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris and present their findings to the Director of Public Prosecutions through the Governor,” it stated further. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)