Acting Commissioner Named as Top Cop Is Suspended

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Thursday 5th April, 2018 –The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has an Acting Commissioner of Police at its helm following the suspension of Top Cop Wendell Robinson.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney now assumes the position after a letter of suspension was served on Wendell Robinson today by Chairman of the Police Service Commission Kelvin John.

This new development comes as Robinson becomes further entangled in allegations of questionable conduct being leveled against him by several male officers and civilians seeking to join the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The allegations are penned as complaints to the Police Service Commission.

Robinson was given five working days by the Attorney General, Steadroy Benjamin last week in which to respond to the allegations being leveled against him.

While it is unsure if he did, the PSC took the decision to suspend him today.

In the letter dated 5th April, 2018, PSC Chairman Kelvin John wrote:
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“The complaints are deemed by the Commission so serious as to warrant its consideration and action as they are inimical to the discipline and moral within the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.”

“Acting in accordance with section 16 (a) of the Police (Discipline) Regulations, cap 330 Volume 2 of the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda, Revised Edition 1992, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect as of 5th April, 2018 from the Office of Commissioner of Police until the Commission decides otherwise.”

The letter also outlined that during his suspension, Robinson will be paid a suspension allowance at the rate paid under section 37 of the Police Act and in accordance with section 16 (2) of the Regulations .

The letter was copied to the Prime Minister, Attorney General, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Safety and Labour.

Wendell Robinson has served the Royal Police Force for decades, rising through the ranks to attain the position of Commissioner.

Following the suspension of Commissioner of Police Vere Browne in 2015, Robinson was appointed to act in the position, making crime fighting his number one priority. It was not until 2016 that he was confirmed in the position.

A statement from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda outlines that Deputy Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney has been promoted to the Rank of Acting Commissioner of Police with immediate effect. Also, Assistant Commissioner of Police Albert Wade has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police vice Mr. Atlee Rodney.