ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police (ACP) Irwin Hackshaw has been suspended with immediate effect, a release from the police has confirmed.
The release, under the hand of Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, said the suspension came after the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) forwarded final recommendations to Griffith. This followed a meeting on Tuesday between PCA director David West and Griffith.
Griffith said the police are consulting the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and are awaiting further advice. An investigator will be appointed.
The CoP pointed out that now that the PCA’s investigations are complete, he is in a position to act, after having previously saying he would not bow to internal and external pressure, based on newspaper articles, to take action over Hackshaw as the investigations – at that time – were incomplete.
He said before this, there were no recommendations from either the PCA or the police with regard to any criminal offence. Griffith pointed out that what he received in August was a recommendation for disciplinary action based on an initial report. Now that there has been a recommendation that a criminal offence may have been committed based on an investigation, he can act and has acted by ordering Hackshaw's suspension.