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Governor announces, no further action against COP Foster

COP-FosterHis Excellency Governor Davis, yesterday, Thursday, April 4, issued a release regarding circumstances surrounding Commissioner of Police (COP) Steve Foster, when the Governor told him: “a complaint has been made against you alleging certain conduct which may amount to criminal behaviour.” This was in last week in October 2012.

See: http://www.themontserratreporter.com/cop-foster-on-leave-for-allegations-of-inappropriate-conduct/

The release reads: “The investigations into alleged incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct by the Commissioner of Police (press releases of 24 October and 18 December 2012) have now been concluded. I am advised that the investigations found sufficient material for the lodging of criminal charges for indecent assault or common assault.

I am further advised due to the passage of time, initiation of criminal proceedings for either offence is now statute-barred and that disciplinary proceedings were also not possible due to a gap in Montserrat’s legislation.”

The investigation had come from allegations, solicited at the passing out of a young female police following her resignation.

His Excellency The Governor Adrian Davis at Constitution ceremony

His Excellency The Governor Adrian Davis at Constitution ceremony

The Governor after allowing Foster to resume duties in December had reported that he was waiting on advice on the on-going investigation. After advising at his last press conference that the investigation was completed, he was waiting on information for the way forward regarding Foster.

The result is as stated above, but the Governor issued a reprimand of sorts to the Commissioner stating finally in the release: “I have reminded the Commissioner to ensure that his actions meet the standards of integrity, fidelity and trust which are expected of all Government officials.

The Commissioner who had engaged Counsel in David Brandt had said next to nothing publicly on the matter, but while having no further comment, said that this closes one chapter. Attorney David Brandt who had been involved on Foster’s behalf with the Governor has only just returned from knee surgery overseas and has not been immediately available for comment.

 

 

Photo of Governor, Foster, and maybe Brandt

 

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COP-FosterHis Excellency Governor Davis, yesterday, Thursday, April 4, issued a release regarding circumstances surrounding Commissioner of Police (COP) Steve Foster, when the Governor told him: “a complaint has been made against you alleging certain conduct which may amount to criminal behaviour.” This was in last week in October 2012.

See: http://www.themontserratreporter.com/cop-foster-on-leave-for-allegations-of-inappropriate-conduct/

The release reads: “The investigations into alleged incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct by the Commissioner of Police (press releases of 24 October and 18 December 2012) have now been concluded. I am advised that the investigations found sufficient material for the lodging of criminal charges for indecent assault or common assault.

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I am further advised due to the passage of time, initiation of criminal proceedings for either offence is now statute-barred and that disciplinary proceedings were also not possible due to a gap in Montserrat’s legislation.”

The investigation had come from allegations, solicited at the passing out of a young female police following her resignation.

His Excellency The Governor Adrian Davis at Constitution ceremony

His Excellency The Governor Adrian Davis at Constitution ceremony

The Governor after allowing Foster to resume duties in December had reported that he was waiting on advice on the on-going investigation. After advising at his last press conference that the investigation was completed, he was waiting on information for the way forward regarding Foster.

The result is as stated above, but the Governor issued a reprimand of sorts to the Commissioner stating finally in the release: “I have reminded the Commissioner to ensure that his actions meet the standards of integrity, fidelity and trust which are expected of all Government officials.

The Commissioner who had engaged Counsel in David Brandt had said next to nothing publicly on the matter, but while having no further comment, said that this closes one chapter. Attorney David Brandt who had been involved on Foster’s behalf with the Governor has only just returned from knee surgery overseas and has not been immediately available for comment.

 

 

Photo of Governor, Foster, and maybe Brandt