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Two cops get marching orders from Commissioner

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Two more officers of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.{{more}}

Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller confirmed that police officers Kevis Thompson and Yashfer Matthews, both with nine years service, were discharged from the Force earlier this week, following a breach of police protocol.

The men are alleged to have stolen parts from a vehicle belonging to a civilian, parked in the yard of the Central Police Station at about 1:30 a.m. on March 31.

In a telephone interview just before press time on Tuesday night, Miller was adamant that the police force has no place for “criminals”.

“Once you are found in acts of dishonesty and gross dishonesty and gross misconduct or anything that can compromise our position where your actions is not that of a policeman, the Commissioner can discharge your from the police force according to the law,” Miller firmly stated.

According to the Commissioner, he informed the men of their right to an appeal of his decision. He however stated that both men will have to go through the Public Service Board of Appeal.

Miller further added that they have been receiving reports from the public in recent times about the conduct of some police officers who are getting involved in things that are contrary to their job.

“How can a policeman be involved in serious acts of dishonesty… As a policeman, you have to live an exemplary life, because the life we live is a reflection of the organisation,” Miller said.

Miller added that the police force has become a very attractive organisation and stated that he does not want the the behaviour and indiscipline of some officers to deter professional persons attracted to the organisation.

“We don’t want dishonest policemen and women to tarnish the names of the good policemen and women who are making the effort….There is no place in the police force for criminals. There is no space for policemen who want to behave like criminals. We have a responsibility to protect citizens,” Miller stressed.

Miller said the police force has done a lot to forge a better relationship with the general public and for that to happen, they must be an organisation that the public can trust.

“We cannot have a police force where we tolerate indiscipline. Where you can’t be loyal, honest and a trusted policeman, there is no room for you. Discipline is the main pillar of this organisation,” the Commissioner added.(KW)

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