The shake-up in the hierarchy of the T&T Police Service has started after ACP Irwin Hackshaw was removed as ACP (Crime) and replaced by ACP Jayson Forde.
The shakeup came a week after Police Commissioner Gary Griffith promised that he would place “the right horses on courses” in his quest to overhaul the T&T Police Service to make it more efficient.
Neither Forde nor Hackshaw was able to comment on their new positions when contacted yesterday. Both of them advising this reporter to contact them at a later time.
Hackshaw was one of six ACPs who was promoted shortly after Griffith took office. The others ACP Leroy Brebnor, ACP Garfield Moore, ACP Vincel Edwards, ACP Ansley Garrick and ACP Harrikrishen Baldeo and ACP Sharon Blake-Clarke.
Hackshaw has been put in charge of the north-west divisions while ACP Beverly Lewis remains in charge of central, south and south-west operations.
Last week, Griffith said all police officers would be held accountable.
“I am demanding a strong and vibrant leadership by all who hold senior positions of authority as they are all capable of doing. We would all be held accountable with our performance measures. There must be no weak link,” Griffith said.
Saying the critical posts of ACP Operations and ACP Crime will be under continuous assessment, Griffith said those chosen would lead the charge in the direction of the transformation of the TTPS.
Promising better effectiveness in operations for 2019, Griffith said those who “ cannot keep my pace would have to either lead, follow or get out.”
The removal of Hackshaw came after the TTPS came under scrutiny when valuable evidence uncovered in a cyber crime criminal network went missing under the noses of the police.
However, Griffith denied the shakeup in the TTPS’s hierarchy had anything to do with the missing evidence.
He noted that last year there was a shakeup at the Divisional Commanders level. He promised strategic reassignments and the merging of certain units such as the Financial Investigative Unit which will work with the Cybercrime Unit, Fraud Squad, Professional Standards Bureau and the Anti-Corruption Intelligence Unit.