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High-ranking police officer accused of misconduct

Martin Weekes, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (File photograph)

A senior police officer is on restricted duties after being accused of gross misconduct.

Three people familiar with the matter confirmed that the officer was Martin Weekes, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, and said that he was under investigation after being served with internal gross misconduct papers.

Police said in a statement that “a police officer is being investigated following allegations of misconduct made against them.”

The person under investigation was not identified in the statement.

“The officer has not been charged with any offence and remains on duty with some responsibilities varied, pending the outcome of the investigation.”

No specifics were given on the alleged misconduct and no further details were given.

Sources close to the matter said that the complaint involves police communications in 2018 over promotions in which Mr Weekes is alleged to have snubbed Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell in a WhatsApp exchange.

The matter concerned another officer, Detective Inspector David Greenidge — now retired — who took his complaint to court after being passed over for a promotion.

The Greenidge case went to the Court of Appeal this year, where it was turned down.

However, the court’s ruling made public the messages between Mr Weekes and another officer, Inspector Barry Richards, which the judgment condemned as “not in keeping with the high standards to be expected of the BPS”.

Mr Cardwell said at the time that there were “clear ethical and professional violations together with integrity matters highlighted in this judgment”.

Contacted for comment on Friday, Mr Cardwell referred any queries to the office of the deputy commissioner.

Police commissioner Darrin Simons said in March that it would be “addressed internally in accordance with prescribed policy and procedure, with the aim of addressing the issue and ensuring there is no repeat in the future”.

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