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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017. 11:35 am CST.

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017. 11:33 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: At yesterday’s senate hearings, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie was asked about the reason the police department is not carrying out an investigation into the irregularities revealed by the Auditor General in her special report on the Immigration Department.

Whylie’ssaid he was waiting  until the Senate Special Select Committee hearings conclude before police investigate.

Whylie also told the committee that he would wait for directives from the Director of Public Prosecution.

“I would prefer to wait on the outcome of this Committee’s report; I don’t know what the chain, is where this will go; but I believe it will reach the DPP and knowing the DPP she will give directions and we will do what we need to do. As I said, I have no fear in the Department reporting; I was very annoyed in terms of when I browsed this report, because I viewed the things the Auditor General discovered as grave, in terms of what it is alleged that some of these individuals have done. As I said I believe the report contains sufficient administratively for the Department to deal with some of these individuals, and I look forward to this Committee’s report in terms of moving forward,” he stated.

Senator Mark Lizarraga then asked Whylie, since browsing through the report over the last two weeks, if he found instances where the Auditor General advised for a police investigation to be done.

Whylie told the committee that he found it strange because the Auditor General would normally make these requests to police if irregularities are found.

“…it was not done in this case. If I didn’t take the initiative of having an officer to get a copy of these to browse through, I would have come here today and I would have been clueless in terms of what the Auditor General had said or had found,” Whylie added.


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