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Local gov't minister awaits tape of councillor's verbal attack on St Thomas policewoman

Published:Tuesday | January 13, 2015 | 9:25 AM
Noel Arscott - File

Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, says he is awaiting the tape of proceedings from last week’s St Thomas parish council meeting where a councillor verbally attacked a policewoman.

He says the reports on the issue are not good.

Last week, councillor for the Yallahs Division, Constantine Bogle, questioned the leadership of deputy superintendent of police, Charmaine Shand who heads the St Thomas police division.

The People's National Party councillor has called for an investigation into her appointment.

Arscott says he is concerned about the issue which has drawn condemnation from various sections of the society.

Yesterday, several residents of St Thomas publicly declared their support for DSP Shand at a police event in the parish.

Custos for St Thomas, Marcia Bennett and the Secretary Manager of the parish council both declared their support for the policewoman.

In response, the Police High Command expressed its full support of DSP Shand and called for complaints against its members to be dealt with through the proper channels.

Meanwhile, the embattled councillor says he will not apologise for questioning the appointment and is insisting that the policewoman should be removed from the post.

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