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Public officials keep police bodyguards - for now

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THERE ARE INDICATIONS that anxiety among some current and former public officials has forced the Police High Command to temporarily abort plans to remove or reduce police bodyguards assigned to a number of persons.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Derrick Smith said yesterday that Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has acknowledged that letters have already been sent to several persons informing them of plans to change the security arrangements around them.

However, according to Smith, Williams admitted that the issuing of those letters was premature and gave the assurance that there would be no change to the existing security detail for current and former public officials.

Without making reference to the letters, the Police High Command issued a statement yesterday announcing "there will be no withdrawal of the services and assignment of police close protection officers at this time".

Smith said based on his discussion with Williams, he was satisfied that everything was now on hold and nothing would be done until a full review is completed.