Top Cop denies claims over Alberttown strip club

Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has denied attending a strip club in Alberttown.

The denial yesterday in a statement by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) followed a report on the online media outfit, Citizens Report that the Commissioner had blocked the educational advancement of a senior policewoman because she had closed off a party at the Alberttown strip club while he was in the building.

The Top Cop was also accused of thwarting a training offer from a sports institution for another female officer.

In its statement, the GPF said that it wished to inform the general public that leave required by members of the police force to depart Guyana is outside the control of the Force since it requires the government’s approval.

It said that in the case of Woman Deputy Superintendent Griffith-Jacobis, she applied at the same time with Superintendent E. Cooper for permission to pursue Legal Education Studies at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in 2014.

The GPF said that both applications were supported by the Force and Superintendent  Cooper attended the University and should be completing his studies shortly.

Woman Deputy Superintendent Griffith-Jacobis, on the other hand, did not complete her programme at the University of Guyana as she had anticipated. “Therefore it would have been impossible for her to gain entry into the U.W.I programme, thus her non-attendance at U.W.I has nothing to do with the Guyana Police Force”, the statement said.

It had been alleged that Griffith-Jacobis was the cop who had stopped the strip club party.

Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud

“Regarding the Strip Club, the Commissioner of Police has denied ever attending a strip club in Alberttown. He has denied attending any other strip club in Guyana other than for professional purposes and none of that has occurred in the last five years”, the GPF said.

It added that the transfer of Griffith-Jacobis from the Number 3 Sub-Division of ‘A’ Division to the Courts had to do with “poor performances highlighted in consistent reports provided by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)”.

In relation to the other female officer that was offered training by a sports institution, the GPF said that the training was not supported by the Force because the said officer was disciplined for breach of standard operating procedures regarding her engagements with the sports institution.

“The Office of Professional Responsibility is presently investigating the provision of this false information to the media. It is a likely that legal action would be taken by the Commissioner of Police against those responsible for Citizens’ Report”, the statement said.

 

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